Car Carrier Catches Fire at Incheon

Published May 21, 2018 8:27 PM by The Maritime Executive

[Brief] On Monday morning, a fire broke out on the car carrier Auto Banner at the port of Incheon, South Korea. 

The Banner was alongside the pier, and she was loaded with 2,000 used cars that were bound for the Libyan market, according to local media. Officials believe that the fire started in one of the vehicles and spread. 

The vessel's 28 crew safely evacuated onto the pier, and no casualties have been reported. Firefighting proceeded on the exterior of the vessel, with water-side support from a large Korean Coast Guard cutter and air support from a firefighting helicopter. 

The 1988-built Auto Banner is a 52,000 dwt car carrier owned in South Korea. Her most recent port state inspection, conducted in January at Portland, Oregon, did not result in any recorded deficiencies.