84 crew evacuated from burning offshore vessel

84 crew evacuated from burning offshore vessel

Athens: A crew of 84 were today evacuated from a multipurpose offshore vessel that caught fire while docked at Peterhead Harbour, Scotland.

The crew were taken to the Peterhead Fishermen’s mission. There were no injuries, and the crew look ready to get back to work, Peterhead’s harbourmaster Captain John Forman told Splash this morning.

“We are still waiting for the incident reports,” Captain Forman said. “It was a small fire, believed to have started in the switchboard.”

The Fugro Symphony (6,500 dwt, built 2011; pictured) caught fire around 3am local time on Wednesday morning.

It took two hours for the 35 firemen from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to bring the fire under control, using five appliances and a foam unit. An incident support unit was also at the scene.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.

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