US cast guard and salvage tugs responded to an engine room fire on board the 2007-built 4,900teu NYK Delphinus on Friday 14 May. The ship was approximately 50 miles west off the coast of Monterey and en route to Oakland from Vancouver.
USCG helicopters delivered a dewatering pump to the ship after the vessel contacted the USCG in the early hours reporting the fire and requesting assistance. Salvage contractors were also contacted, and firefighting and salvage tugs despatched to the vessel.
On Sunday, the NYK Delphinus crew reported a continuous decrease in the temperature of the engine room’s surrounding bulkheads. Smoke was observed on Friday but has since ceased. The USCG has reported that all decks above the engine room are now accessible and have been fully ventilated.
The tugboat Delta Deanna began actively towing the NYK Delphinus in a northerly direction at 10:55 Saturday. At 2:55 p.m., the ships met the tugboat Scorpius to transfer two members to the Delphinus to survey the damage.
The Delta Deanna and the tugboats Sarah Avrick, Delta Lindsay, and Jamie Ann continue to transit the Delphinus to an offshore location west of Point Reyes. Upon arrival, additional fire and salvage teams are planning to embark on the Delphinus to conduct structural integrity inspections and examine damage to the engine room. Once the inspection is completed, the Delphinus is scheduled to transfer to Oakland Terminal Berth 22.
There are no reported injuries with all crew reported safe and accounted for. There are no reported signs of pollution.