The engine room of a Maltese-registered ship transporting chemicals
was engulfed by flames off the southwest coast of Ireland
, seven and a half miles north of Brandon Head, reported The Irish Times
The fire broke out early on Wednesday morning. The 15 crew members on the 95-metre vessel managed to control the fire. The vessel is now believed to be drifting without power, despite attempts to restart the engine.
Two tugboats are on stand-by, awaiting arrangements to bring the vessel ashore. Members of the Coast Guard are at the scene and a specialist crew from the Dublin Fire Brigade were also flown to the area as a safety precaution.
The ship had earlier unloaded a cargo of sulphuric acid at Aughinish Island in Co Limerick, according to The Irish Times.
Source: MaltaMedia News