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General cargo ship catches fire off Aberdeen

Athens: A small general cargo vessel burst into flames around 10 nm off the port of Aberdeen, Scotland, forcing the vessel to return to the harbour, where a fire crew was waiting last night.

The singledecker Celtica Hav (2,300 dwt, built 1984; pictured) had completed loading its cargo of malted barley at Aberdeen and was underway when smoke was spotted coming from the hold, owner Hav Shipping told Splash today.

The Scottish coastguard was notified and the vessel returned to Aberdeen with its hatch covers sealed.

Firefighting teams were waiting when the ship arrived into port at 0130 today, and the fire was dealt with overnight.

No injuries to crew or damage to the vessel were sustained, the Oslo-based shipowner told Splash.

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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