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Laker in winter layup catches fire

A team from the US Coast Guard spent Saturday night fighting a big fire aboard the self-discharging bulk carrier St Clair in Oregon, Ohio, just outside Toledo.

The fire was reported in the evening at the port of Toledo, and the coast guard and firefighters from eight local departments responded to the blaze. The laker, which regularly hauls taconite, coal and limestone from the Twin Ports, was moored at the CSX Torco terminal for winter layup and repairs. No one was aboard, and the ship had no cargo on it.

No signs of pollution have been detected and the fire was out by Sunday morning.


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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