Tug with fishing vessel on tow disabled by fire, Atlantic ocean

Tug MONTE DE SAO BRAS suffered fire in engine room while towing fishing vessel early in the morning Aug 8, and started to drift, dangerously close to islands of Berlengas, Portugal, some 8 nm off Peniche, Atlantic ocean. Navy patrol ship FIGUEIRA DA FOZ (Call Sign: CTPB) was sent to assist. Patrol ship towed tug and fishing vessel to safer area, later contracted tug took on tow MONTE DE SAO BRAS and fishing vessel, to be towed to Aveiro.
Tug MONTE DE SAO BRAS, IMO 7014505, GT 296, built 1970, flag Portugal, owner Trinita SA, Portugal.

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Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.