Ship catches fire at Port of Spain, No injuries

Photo credit: National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (National Energy)

Residents of Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, overlooking the Gulf of Paria could see a thick cloud of black smoke coming from the harbour as a vessel caught on fire on Tuesday, May 14.

Responding to the fire, the National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (National Energy), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC), deployed its National Energy Resilience to assist the vessel.

The National Energy which also provides towage services to the energy sector responded to the incident with its National Energy Resilience.

The National Energy Resilience is one of its many tugs with firefighting capabilities. This vessel has two main engine driven pumps 1200 – 1400 m3 /hr capacity and water/foam monitors. The Foam tank capacity is 9.8 m3.

“National Energy Resilience renders emergency assistance to a vessel on fire at Port of Spain this morning,” said the company in a post in its social media Facebook page.

The owner of the vessel has not been disclosed, whilst the cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

There were no injuries reported from the fire and the National Energy Resilience returned to its base.

“A great job by Captain Mertland Reid and the members of his team who lead the operation,” the National Energy said in the social media.