Fire in hold of dry cargo vessel Chainat Navee

Location: Off the River Humber, England.

Completed PE Summary: Chainat Navee

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Unithai Shipping Pte.Ltd
Port of registry:   Bangkok
Flag:   Thailand
Type:   Dry Cargo
Built:   1978
Classification society:   Nippon Kaiji Kyokan
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   157.03
Gross tonnage:   15938.00
Date & Time   20/10/04 15:15
Location of incident:   UK Coastal Waters
Incident Type:   Fire/Explosion
Persons onboard:   28 Crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Material Damage/No Pollution


Fire in number 3 cargo hold of Thailand registered cargo vessel, caused by oxy/acetylene burning procedures during defect maintenance on the upper deck.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector wrote to the Singapore based managers of the vessel. Recommendations were made with respect to the following:

Reporting accidents to harbour authorities, when appropriate, in good time to ensure emergency services give support commensurate with the emergency

  • Use of CO2 smothering systems: specifically the need to keep spaces battened down for extended periods to ensure a fire is extinguished and area cooled. Also the internal danger of reignition when such spaces are opened up too quickly.

Published 23 January 2015