84 Evacuated After Vessel Catches Fire

Fugro Symphony

Published May 20, 2015 1:12 PM by Kathryn Stone

Over 80 crew members aboard the Offshore Support Vessel, Fugro Symphony, were evacuated after the ship caught fire Wednesday in the early morning hours. 

The vessel was docked at Peterhead Harbour about 20 miles North of Aberdeen when the fire broke out. Around 35 firefighters arrived at 2:52am to battle the blaze. The fire rescue team also dispatched five appliances and a foam unit to the scene. In total, it took around two hours to get the fire under control. 

Though the cause of the blaze is still unknown, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service reported that they located the source of the fire in a supply generator room below deck. The station manager Graeme Laird further added, “Crews worked well with the ship’s firefighting team and showed good firefighting understanding in challenging conditions.”

As a precautionary measure non-essential personnel were immediately taken off of the ship. A total of 84 crew members aboard the vessel were evacuated to the Fisherman’s mission in Peterhead. No injuries were reported. 

According to Fugro the Symphony specializes in deep water remote operations. The vessel is flagged out of the Bahamas and operated by Fugro Subsea Services Ltd based out of Aberdeen, Scotland.