Fire hits BW Dry Cargo’s first ship

Fire hits BW Dry Cargo’s first ship

A fire disabled a UK-flagged kamsarmax in the early hours of this morning off the Gulf of Aden. The fire was contained to the engine room of the BW Acorn, and was put out after three and a half hours. The ship will now likely head to a repair yard.

“Our captain and crew are safe and accounted for, and no injury was reported. The incident is under control, and we commend our crew for following established emergency response procedures. We will launch a full investigation the cause of the incident, but our immediate priorities are the safety of our crew and responders on the scene, and minimising any impact on the environment,” said Christian Bonfils, managing director of BW Dry Cargo.

The ship was the very first in the fleet when Andreas Sohmen-Pao decided to found BW Dry Cargo in 2016, bought from Orion Bulkers for $12m.

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.

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