Seafarers have helped extinguish an engine room fire on a refrigerated juice tanker in Brazil.

The blaze broke out on the 19,700-dwt Sol Do Brasil (built 1994) at the Port of Santos on Monday morning.

The fire department in the port described the fire as “medium-sized”, according to the Globo daily.

No casualties were reported on the Liberia-flag ship, which was moored at the time.

The tanker had arrived from Wilmington in the US after an 11-day trip and was due to load a cargo of citrus juices.

The crew tackled the fire at first before the fire department was called in.

It took about one-and-a-half hours to bring the blaze under control.

The extent of damage to the ship is not clear.

Risks assessed

Firefighters have remained at the scene to assess any ongoing risks to the vessel.

The tanker is operated by Citrosuco of Matao in Brazil, with protection and indemnity cover provided by Skuld in Norway.

The Sol Do Brasil has no port state control detentions going back to 1998.

In April, a seafarer was killed and six crew members were injured following a blast on the 10,000-dwt product tanker Chuang Yi (built 2000) off Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Government Flying Service was notified of an explosion when the ship was 300 km offshore.

A fire caused by the blast was extinguished by the crew before rescue services arrived.