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Crew evacuated from fire-ridden Bibby Line bulk carrier

Crew were evacuated yesterday off a fire-ridden bulk carrier carrying fertilizer off the Canary Islands.

The fire was first reported on Sunday onboard the UK-flagged Cheshire, owned by Bibby Line, but the ship was denied entry to Las Palmas.

Yesterday morning the ship suffered a series of explosions and two Spanish search and rescue helicopters were deployed to take the 24 crew off the burning vessel.

The ship is now 80 nautical miles south the Canaries and it remains unclear whether the ship will be scuttled or will find a port willing to take it in.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. ” and remains unclear whether the ship will be scuttled” :):):):):):):)… to be scuttled by whom???? :):):):)

  2. Am hearing rumours the cargo is ammonium nitrate…?
    A cargo that one has to be careful of for sure – after all didn’t the IRA use it back in the day…?

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