A cargo ship in the Baltic Sea caught fire

22 February 2023

The engine room of a Dutch-flagged ship caught fire, and the crew of 15 people were forced to leave it in the middle of the ocean. The Escape, a 168 m long container ship, was filled with a variety of cargo and carried 17,000 tonnes. The master chose to evacuate and ultimately leave the ship despite the crew’s efforts to extinguish the flames. To respond to the ongoing crisis and secure the vessel, a rescue company has been called. Two firefighting tugboats were provided to Lithuanian fire departments when they were sent out from Klaipeda. The cause of the fire is yet unclear.

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