Fire on Container Ship ESCAPE

by | Feb 23, 2023 | Maritime Law

There was a fire on board the container ship ESCAPE on February 22, 2023.  At the time, the ship was located in the Gulf of Riga, Baltic Sea, near Latvia.  According to reports, the fire began in the vessel’s engine room before spreading through the rest of the vessel.  All fifteen crew members on board disembarked the vessel onto a lifeboat.  They were luckily rescued by a passing cargo ship.  It is unclear if anyone was injured during firefighter efforts or in leaving the vessel.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  Six crew members were killed while cleaning a tank on the the tanker ship HALIMA on February 4, 2023.  The Coast Guard medevaced the injured captain from the bulk carrier PERIDOT on February 6, 2023.  A small recreational boat capsized in Michigan on February 12, 2023.  A recreational boat capsized near Laguna Vista, Texas on February 15, 2023.  A recreational boat capsized near the Florida Keys on February 18, 2023.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations are not taken seriously.  Safe ship owners and operators must ensure that their vessels do not put the lives of hard working men and women at risk.  Safe companies must be proactive and take preventative measures, including regular maintenance and repairs, to also ensure that the environment is not impacted.

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The experienced and aggressive vessel accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an accident on a cargo ship. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to maritime injuries, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your rights.