Korean trawler on fire, threat of ammonia explosion

Fire erupted in fish processing compartment of trawler SUR ESTE 709, docked at Montevideo, Uruguay, around noon LT Jun 23. Trawler crew and crews from nearby vessels were evacuated, firefighting teams responded. Assumedly package materials are on fire, notoriously hard to extinguish and easy to re-kindle. There’s a threat of possible ammonia cylinders or tanks explosion, that’s why all works on and near pier were suspended, people being evacuated.
Fishing vessel SUR ESTE 709, IMO 8414465, GT 812, built 1984, flag South Korea.



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