Russian trawler fire, Tromso Update capsized

Fire erupted on board of Russian trawler BUKHTA NAEZDNIK, berthed at Brevik harbor, Tromso, Norway, at around 1100 LT Sep 25. Fie engulfed area fore of superstructure, with a lot of billowing smoke. Reportedly, ropes, oil and plastic materials are on fire. 29 crew who were on board are all accounted for, 27 were taken to hospital for medical check for possible smoke inhalation. As of 1300 UTC, fire wasn’t yet extinguished. AIS is on, trawler remains berthed with tug and SAR boat nearby.

Sep 26 UPDATE: Trawler capsized and sank alongside pier, with her portside resting on bottom. Most probably, capsizing was caused by water poured onto trawler during fire fighting, or her hull integrity below waterline was compromised by fire raging in inner compartments, or both of the above possible causes.

Trawler BUKHTA NAEZDNIK, IMO 8913253, displacement 2877, built 1991, flag Russia, owner Murmansk Trawl Fleet.

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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.