Smouldering coal cargo fire in several holds on bulk carrier Belo Horizonte

Location: UK Harbour area.

Completed PE Summary: Belo Horizonte

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Category   Dry Cargo
Registered Owner & Manager:   Cido Shipping (HK) Co.Ltd
Port of registry:   Hong Kong
Flag:   Hong Kong
Type:   Dry Cargo
Built:   2004
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   225.
Gross tonnage:   40300.00
Date & Time   14/09/05 15:00
Location of incident:   Harbour area
Incident Type:   Fire/Explosion
Persons onboard:   22
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor Damage/No Pollution


A smouldering coal cargo fire was discovered in several holds when this bulk carrier arrived at her UK discharge port. The fire was extinguished without material damage to the ship.

Action taken

To prevent a similar accident occurring in the future the manager of the vessel was advised to:

  • Improve the knowledge and training of senior officers with respect to the carriage of coal cargoes.

  • Review the procedure for the Safe Carriage of coal in their Safety Management System. The procedure should include the danger of fire and should require the master and mate to apply the relevant parts of the BC Code.

Published 23 January 2015