‘Ticking time bomb’ Frantic rush to save stricken British cargo ship after huge explosion


The 190-metre bulk carrier Cheshire burst into flames off the coast of the Canary Islands just over a week ago.

The Cheshire was headed for Thailand from Norway with 40,000 tons of ammonium nitrate when the crew discovered a fire in the cargo hold.

The vessel frantically tried to divert to Las Palmas, but authorities refused entry of the bulk carrier – fearing the ship could go up in flames at any moment.

And on August 14, the hold exploded – with the 24-strong crew being forced to abandon ship before being rescued by two helicopters.

Although the ship is drifting away from the coast of the Canary Islands, maritime reports suggest the vessel is still a “ticking time bomb” and could explode again at any moment.

The carrier is still thought to be too hot for crews to board, and toxic fumes billowing from inside the ship have meant nothing has been done so far to bring the blaze under control.

It is feared the nitrous oxide could cause another explosion if exposed to high temperatures, and so it is important the fire on board is swiftly brought under control.

The British shipping company said last Monday that it had hired the company Resolve Marine and that a ship was coming to provide support.

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Source: Express