Hong Kong-flagged tanker disabled by fire

The Hong Kong-flagged tanker Feng Huang AO with 21 crew onboard was disabled 57 miles southeast of Nantucket Island in the eastern United States after fire broke out in its engine room while the vessel was underway on 5 October.

The 12,799 dwt, 2016 built tanker is loaded with asphalt and was bound for New York Harbour.

The fire was extinguished using the ship’s installed carbon dioxide fire suppression system. There were no reported injuries to crew, and no reports of pollution. The ship’s electrical generators and main engine were disabled by the fire.

Salvage tugs were dispatched to rendezvous with the Feng Huang AO and take it under tow. Towing operations towards New York began early Sunday morning with Coast Guard Sector New York personnel closely monitoring the vessel’s transit through offshore shipping lanes.

Inspection crews from Sector New York and FDNY boarded the vessel Monday afternoon to assess damage and ensure the ship’s safety prior to allowing entry into New York Harbor.

“This was a significant engine room fire that damaged a number of vessel systems, and we are fortunate there were no injuries,” said Capt. Jason Tama, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York. “Responding to this case required close coordination between numerous partner agencies and stakeholders to ensure the safety of the ship and the port, and to protect the environment. The assistance and expertise provided by FDNY marine firefighters was essential to the safe resolution of this case.”

The Feng Huang Ho AO appears to be owned by Ocean Generous Shipping, managed by Bernard Schulte Shipmanagement, and chartered by Valt, a global asphalt trading, storage and transportation company with hubs in London, Geneva, Singapore and Houston.

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