Fugro, the subsea services firm, has confirmed that its offshore survey vessel, the Fugro Symphony, caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning, leading to the evacuation of 84 crew members.
According to reports, the fire broke out between 2.30 and 3.00 am, while the vessel was docked in Peterhead, a port around 20 miles north of Aberdeen, Scotland. The blaze was contained to one area of the Symphony, and all crew were evacuated. There were no reported injuries.
Thirty-five firefighters, five appliances and a foam unit were despatched to the incident and fought the fire for approximately two hours. In a statement, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said that its staff joined with the ship’s own firefighting team and located the blaze in a below-deck generator supply room. They put out the fire with a combination of CO2 extinguishers and the Symphony’s firefighting equipment.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. A statement on the company’s website indicates that a Fugro team is now on board investigating the incident. The 84 evacuated seamen were accommodated at Peterhead’s Fishermen’s mission and have now returned to the ship.
The Fugro Symphony is a remote operated vehicle support vessel and undertakes remote surveying, construction and interventions. It is equipped with two cranes: a 150-tonne knuckle-boom crane, capable of operating to 3000m, with active heave compensation, and a separate 10-tonne auxiliary subsea crane. Fugro Subsea Services operates the vessel, which is registered in the Bahamas and operates out of Aberdeen.