Fire on ro-ro Atlantic Cartier could spark explosions and radioactive contamination, Hamburg
Ro-ro Atlantic Cartier had on board more than 20 tons of radioative material, when vessel suffered major fire in Hamburg port on May 2 13. Cargo list of the vessel was made public on May 16. There were nine tons of uranium hexafluoride which is used for the production of fuel rods, also on board were about four tons of ammunition. The ship at that time was berthed at the O'Swald Quay within sight of the opening service of the Church Council, with around 35,000 participants at the Strand Quay in Hafen City where also the German president Joachim Gauck had participated. According to the Hamburg Senate the fire department had responded immediately and offloaded dangerous containers as soon as they get there, removing the threat of major explosion and radiation. All containers with dangerous goods were safely stored in a secure storage area in port.
It may be assumed, that dockers and crew members responded non the less effectively than firefighters, and helped to avoid major disaster by offloading containers. Firefighters wouldn’t be able to offload containers all by themselves.
Major fire on ro-ro Atlantic Cartier, Hamburg
out on board of container / ro-ro vessel Atlantic Cartier, berthed in Hansa
Hafen, Hamburg, at night May 1 13. Fire spread to car deck with some 70 cars
already loaded for transportation to USA. Some 200 firefighters were
engaged in firefighting, which was complicated by fears to make vessel unstable
by utilizing too much water. Tug boats were cooling the vessel’s hull from the
inside, while land teams were fighting the fire on board of the vessel. The
fire was extinguished in the afternoon May 2, some 12 cars were destroyed,
several containers with hazardous materials inside were offloaded during the
firefighting. Photos from local media.