Capesize bulk carrier fire, Captain died UPDATE Official Statement

Fire erupted in the morning Nov 22 in superstructure of Greek ore carrier ORE SUDBURY, anchored at Itaguai, Brazil, since Nov 19. Fire reportedly spread around Deck 3 in living quarters, and was extinguished by crew. Tragically, 40-year old Greek Captain died, understood suffocated in smoke. The ship remains in the same position, waiting for loading.

Statement from Maran Dry Management Inc.
Athens, November 22, 2019
Managers of the Greek Flag bulk carrier “Ore Sudbury” report that the vessel suffered a fire close to the accommodation area, deck 3, at approximately 2100 hrs on November 21, local time which was extinguished by the designated crew firefighting teams on board, some 4 hours later.
The 154,552 GT vessel is currently anchored some 20 nautical miles off the Guaiba Island Terminal, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
It is with great sadness that we must report the death of our much- valued Greek Master who was found in his cabin once the fire was extinguished; his family have been notified and are being supported. All our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his next of kin, family and friends at this tragic time.
The “Ore Sudbury” remains in a stable condition and anchored in position.
No further injuries or pollution have been reported.
Managers will be carrying out a full investigation into the incident and are working with all involved authorities to secure the vessel and arrange for repairs.

Bulk carrier ORE SUDBURY, IMO 9000986, dwt 276599, built 1991, flag Greece, manager MARAN DRY MANAGEMENT INC.



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