No explosion, no fire – fumigation emission mistook for fire, Vancouver

Vancouver locals reported to authorities a loud bang, followed by large column of billowing white smoke from bulk carrier MINOAN GLORY, at around 1700 LT Aug 6. The ship in load was leaving Vancouver, bound for China, incident took place when bulk carrier was near Lions Gate Bridge. According to Coast Guard, there was no real accident, loud bang and smoke were caused by a malfunction of fumigation hatch (most probably, ventilation system), loud bang wasn’t an explosion, and white smoke wasn’t smoke, it was fumigation fume. The ship was said to continue voyage, but according to track, she was brought to anchor on Vancouver Anchorage, as of 0400 UTC Aug 7 she was still at anchor. No injures, no damages reported.
Bulk carrier MINOAN GLORY, IMO 9364447, dwt 74748, built 2006, flag Liberia, manager MODION MARITIME MANAGEMENT SA, Greece (EQUASIS).

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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.