Crews deal with fire onboard ship

Emergency crews have been praised for their quick response after a small fire broke out on a ship docked in Blyth.

Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 1:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:58 pm
Fire crews dealing with an incident on a ship docked at the South Harbour in Blyth. Picture by John Tuttiett.

Eight fire appliances, Coastguard teams and police officers attended the South Harbour just after 11.30am today (Tuesday) after a minor fire broke out on board a vessel.

The ship, ADIS Dundee, had been docked in the port while carrying engineering parts.

The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured.

A spokesperson for the Port of Blyth said: “A minor incident occurred today on a vessel moored within the Port.

“Following standard procedure the emergency services were notified and attended the scene where they dealt with a small fire.

“No injuries or significant damage have been reported as a result of the incident and operations at the Port continue as normal.

“The incident was managed expertly by our staff and the emergency services, highlighting the value of the regular emergency drills carried out here.

“We’d like to express our thanks to all those involved for the co-ordinated, professional response to the incident.”

A spokesperson for Northumberland Fire and Rescue said: “Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire onboard a ship around the West Quay, South Harbour, Blyth at 11.41am.

“Eight fire service appliances have attended the fire which is located on the lower deck of a ship carrying engineering parts.

“Crews form Northumberland, supported by personnel from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, are working with the onboard crew to contain and extinguish the fire safely.

“It has been confirmed that there are no persons missing or requiring rescue or evacuation.”