Fire in engine room tanker Mississippi Star, North sea
Chemical tanker Mississippi Star suffered fire on June 11 13 in North sea ballasting from Tees, UK, for Antwerp. Vessel issued distress signal at 12:30 LT reporting fire and injured seaman. Lifeboats were sent to the distressed vessel, by the time they reach the vessel fire was out. Crew isolated the engine room and presumably, switched on fire extinguishing system. Injured crew was airlifted to hospital in Middlesbrough. Tanker was disabled and drifting. Tugs Svitzer Hutton (IMO 9547855) and Svitzer Castle (IMO 9316397) took Mississippi Star on tow and are towing tanker to Tees. As of 01:00 June 12 vessels were some 3 miles off Tees.