Thoresen ship disabled

A Thoresen Shipping bulker has suffered an engine room fire while alongside a port in Finland.

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The incident aboard the 47,119-dwt Thor Horizon (built 2002) reportedly took place on Monday in the port of Maentyluoto port, near Pori.

Thoresen Shipping confirmed that there has been a minor fire onboard the vessel caused by a fractured fuel feed pipeline to a generator. 

“The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes and the situation was swiftly brought under control by our well trained and professional crew,” managing director Ian Claxton tells TradeWinds.

“The failsafe safety equipment installed on Thor Horizon including automatic fuel shutoff and engine room fire fighting systems functioned perfectly.  Neither the ship and its cargo nor any personnel are in danger.

“All Finnish port authorities and security personnel have been kept fully informed and have been aware throughout the situation.

“Our foremost priority is to resume the normal cargo work and to return the ship to full operation as swiftly as possible.”

Thoresen acquired the ice-strengthened open-hatch bulker as the Beautiful Queen (built 2002) in 2006 for $37.5m.

The Thoresen-owned fleet numbers 23 vessels with an average size of 50,402-dwt and an average age of 10.6 years.

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