One crew member is in critical condition after fire aboard the largest purpose-built livestock carrier in the world, Ocean Drover.
Fifty-three firefighters and over 50 other Fremantle Fire and Emergency Department Services staff are still trying to extinguish the fire. The fire started in the crew quarters of Wellard's Ocean Drover at around 8 a.m., at Fremantle Port.
According to primary reports and the statement of the company owner, the entire crew of the Ocean Drover has been evacuated and there were no livestock on board the carrier.
The crew member in critical condition is a man in his 40s transported to the Fremantle Hospital at 8:30 a.m. with minor burns on the skin and smoke inhalation. Two others were taken to the hospital in good condition, one of whom is going to be released on Thursday afternoon, stated the spokesperson of St John Ambulance at Fremantle.
The hospital's spokesperson also added that other members of the Ocean Drover's crew were assessed at the scene of the incident and they didn't have to go to hospital.
The company owner of Ocean Drover, Wellard reported that the fire broke out in the carrier's accommodation. The fire had been contained to the vessel's bridge and accommodation quarters on the 2 upper decks, but not brought under control.
Fire on Ocean Drover at Fremantle Port caught on video
The fire is expected to continue burning for at least next 5-6 hours. People in the area around Fremantle Port are adviced to stay away and those who work nearby should shelter inside and close their windows.
People driving in North Mole area, including on Port Beach and Tydeman roads, are adviced to close their windows, as well and put air-conditioning systems on recycle.
The incident is being investigated by Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).
The world's largest livestock carrier Ocean Drover is a nine-deck ship, capable to carry 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle. At the time of the incident Ocean Drover was preparing to load cattle for transport to Indonesia early next week.
Photos of the incident with the world's largest livestock carrier Ocean Drover