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    Major fire on offshore vessel at Bender Shipyard

    News // May 15, 2008

    Seacor Sherman ablaze at Bender Shipyard (photo: NBC15online.com).

    Seacor Sherman's sister vessel, John Coghill.

    A serious fire broke out on Seacor Sherman, an anchor handling tug supply vessel under construction at Bender Shipyard in the US on May 14th.

    The vessel caught fire in the afternoon of the 14th. Three firefirefighters attending the blaze later required hospital admission.

    Local press reports said smoke billowed from the vessel at about 2pm local time. Firefighters battled the blaze through the night.

    Two were reportedly injured in a 5.45pm explosion, and another treated for an unidentified medical problem.

    Reports said that around 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel on the ship were ignited.

    Bender Shipyard recently delivered the first of new class of anchor handlers, John Coghill, to Seacor Marine, and it is likely that the Seacor Sherman was a vessel of the same type, a 'Flex Class' AHTS, although this has not been confirmed.

    More about the fire, and video of events can be found at:

    http://www.wkrg.com/news/article/bender_shipyard_fire/13905/

     

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