A fire broke out on the bulker Sophie Oldendorff while she was unloading crushed stone in Tampa yesterday. According to various reports, the unloading belt on the conveyor boom ignited, causing billowing black smoke.
It took 100 firefighters several hours to extinguish the fire, in part because of the 100 degree Fahrenheit temperates in Tampa. Firefighters had to work in shifts, and even then several suffered from heat exhaustion.
Damage was confined to the boom and conveyor belting and did not spread to the ship. All the ship's hatches were closed and water used to fight the fire flowed overboard. Cost of repairs may reach $1 million.
The ship is part of the CSL International /Oldendorff/ Klaveness pool and loaded her cargo in Canada. (Cape Porcupine on the Strait of Canso at Auld's Cove.)