Norwegian research ship disabled by fire, part crew evacuated, Atlantic

Fire erupted in engine room of Norwegian research ship POLAR MARQUIS on Nov 11 in Senegal waters, where the ship is carrying out research works. Fire said to be extinguished, of 55 personnel and crew on board 30 were evacuated, the ship was disabled and taken on tow by research ship OCEAN MERMAID (IMO 9742443). As of 1230 UTC Nov 12, caravan was under way sailing in SE direction, port of destination unknown, with some 3 tugs escort.
Research ship POLAR MARQUIS, IMO 9190298, GT 13339, built 1998, flag Norway, operator GC Rieber Shipping.

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My name is Nikolay Torkin, I’m Merchant Marine Master, presently in command of feeder container ship trading in South East Asia. My family lives in Prague, Czech Republic. Mikhail provides me with daily accidents reports, I send him information with regards to accidents and container ships.