Car carrier major fire avoided, last year disaster lesson well taken, Ulsan, Korea

Fire erupted on cargo deck of car carrier PLATINUM RAY, berthed at Ulsan Korea, in the morning May 22, with 2163 cars on board, ready to be shipped to the USA. Fire fighters decided to activate CO2 fire oppressing system to prevent fire from spreading and developing into major disaster, similar to major fire on board of car carrier AUTO BANNER, which took place in Incheon exactly a year ago, on May 21 2018, destroyed all cars on board and the ship itself.
This time, disaster was avoided. Fire was extinguished in some 5 hours, 61 cars were destroyed, the rest remaining intact. As of May 28, PLATINUM RAY was still at Ulsan, extent of ship’s damages yet unknown.
Car carrier PLATINUM RAY, IMO 9210438, GT 57772, built 2000, flag Bahamas, manager STAMCO SHIP MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.