King Seaways Ferry Catches Fire in North Sea: Seven Airlifted to Hospital

The Daily Mail reports this evening that a fire broke out aboard a ferry operated by DFDS Seaways in the North Sea.

The ferry is the King Seaways, carrying 1,000 passengers, which was sailing from North Shields (in the U.K.) and heading to Amsterdam. DFDS is a Danish owned ferry operation. 

The fire reportedly started in a passenger cabin and was apparently set by a passenger. The ferry company is not stating what caused the fire. Passengers and crew were reportedly overcome by smoke which they inhaled. RAF helicopters were involved in the medevacs.

The ferry is now in the process of returning to port, and is expected to return in a few hours.

DFDS released the following statement:

"Yesterday, Saturday 28 December, a fire broke out in a passenger cabin on the DFDS Seaways cruise ferry King Seaways, which was en route from Newcastle to Amsterdam.

We can confirm that there were 946 passengers and 127 crew members onboard. Fifteen passengers and eight crew members are reported to have suffered from smoke-related injuries. They have been checked by a doctor onboard, and two passengers and four crew members have been taken ashore by helicopter for further medical assistance at a local hospital in the UK."

The Daily Mail reports that the DFDS ferries have a reputation for stag parties and heavy drinking. Last year we reported about a 28 year old man who was reportedly sailing on a DFDS Amsterdam "booze cruise" when he awoke in the ship's bar on fire: Passenger Seriously Burned in Cruise Ship Bar.

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December 29th Update: Via Daily Mail: "We were treated like animals on that boat." Passengers' anger after fire-hit ferry bound for Amsterdam returns to port but travelers are kept on board as police arrest two men.

 

King Seaways Ferry Fire

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Luxury Car Carrier Sinks After Collision With Cargo Ship, 11 Crew Members Dead or Missing

Corvus J Container Ship Collision Baltic AceBBC News reports that a collision between a cargo ship, the German owned and Cyprus-registered Corvus J, and a car carrier, the Greek owned and Bahamian-flagged Baltic Ace, resulted in the sinking of the Baltic Ace.

Eleven crew members from the Baltic Ace are lost or missing in the freezing waters of the North Sea. There are conflicting reports whether 3 or 4 crew members are confirmed dead.

The accident reportedly took place 40 miles off the coast of Belgium and the Netherlands, after the 148-meter Baltic Ace sailed from Zeebrugge heading to Kotka, Finland. The 134-meter Corvus J was sailing from Grangemouth, Scotland to Antwerp, Belgium. The shipping lanes in this area, some 60 miles from Rotterdam, are very busy. 

14 crew members in lifeboats were rescued notwithstanding high winds and heavy seas. Several Dutch Coast Guard helicopters and two navy patrol ships are searching for the remaining crew members.

The Corvus J is reportedly damaged but not in danger of sinking. Her crew of twelve are still on board.

A Dutch blog suggests that some of the cars on the carrier included a number of new ultra luxury automobiles, including 8 Bentleys, 6 Rolls-Royce drophead coupes, 4 Lamborghinis and 12 Ferraris.

December 6, 2012 Update: VesselFinder.com posted a video of the AiS info on the collision on YouTube which is below:

  

 

Photo of Corvus J: visserijnieuws.punt.nl