Purple Beach fire update
May 29: According to latest updates available, dated evening May 28, fire on board of Purple Beach is under control, in the evening May 27 4 firefighters temporarily boarded vessel for survey. One hold reportedly is flooded with water cannoned by salvage ships. Air in coastal area is clear of fertilizer smell. Still, as of May 28, it wasn’t known for sure yet, what’s going on in holds, if there is fire still smoldering, or maybe some kind of chemical reaction is taking place. Vessel will be taken to port, reportedly it will be Nordenham, Weser, after she will be found safe enough to do so. At 0400 UTC May 29 Purple Beach was in the same position anchored off Helgoland, with three salvage ships nearby: Nordic; Neuwerk and Mellum.
Purple Beach still on fire and abandoned, explosion fear
May 27, 2015
0300 UTC May 27: Fire in cargo hold or holds of general cargo vessel Purple Beach is still on, explosion feared, crew and firefighters evacuated, vessel in the same position anchored 17 nm southwest of Helgoland, North sea. Three salvage vessel, Mellum Nordic and Neuwerk, are drifting nearby. Some 36 people, among them 22 crew and a number of firefighters, were taken to hospital for gas-poisoning treatment, but luckily, no one seriously injured. There’s a danger of gas poisoning, salvage vessel keep a distance of 3 miles, even coastal population was warned about possible air pollution. It’s still unknown, what happened in cargo hold and what’s going on, vessel is too dangerous for boarding.
Fire on board of freighter Purple Beach, North sea
Fire erupted on board of general cargo vessel Purple Beach in the evening May 25 in one of the cargo holds, vessel loaded with fertilizers was en route from Immingham UK to Brake Germany. It was thought that crew extinguished fire by own means, but on May 26 fire broke out again, which most probably, is due to the character of fertilizer. Vessel at the time of restarted fire was some 15 nm west of Helgoland, North sea. Big-scale salvage under way, involving salvage vessel Neuwerk (IMO 9143984) rescue boats and helicopters. Firefighting team or teams were delivered on board. Some 25 people, reportedly crew and salvors, suffered slight gas poisoning, one crew was seriously injured and medevaced by helicopter. At 1400 UTC May 26 vessel was shown by AIS as anchored 17 nm southwest of Helgoland, surrounded by salvage vessels.