The U.S. Coast Guard and good Samaritans were alerted of a vessel on fire approximately 150 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Monday (Jan 16, 2017).
Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received a report at 3:28 a.m. LT from the National Command Center of an electrical fire in the engine room of the motor vessel Alliance St Louis.
Vehicles carrier Alliance St. Louis - Image courtesy: Pekka Järvinen
Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile launched an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew who conducted an over-flight of the vessel and confirmed that the fire had been extinguished by the crewmembers.
No injuries or pollution has been reported.
The Alliance St. Louis is currently on emergency power and drifting approximately 135 miles southwest of Southwest Pass with 20 crewmembers aboard and safely accounted for.
A good Samaritan integrated tug, Mariya Moran, was yesterday on scene with the vessel. The Alliance St. Louis is currently awaiting a tow company to arrive on scene.
Yesterday morning the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Brant was also dispatched to the incident site to provide additional assistance.