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A fire has reportedly broken out on board the P&O Pride of Hull ship in the Humber estuary.

The ship, which has 260 passengers on board, was on its way to Rotterdam after setting sail from Hull on Tuesday evening before reporting difficulties as it passed near Immingham.

The fire had reportedly broken out in the engine room.

The Coastguard has confirmed that its crews are dealing with an ongoing incident and the Humber lifeboat has been deployed from Spurn Point.

Tracking images of other ships close to the Pride of Hull at the time of the incident showed the RNLI lifeboat approaching the ship.

The extent of the damage and whether there have been any injuries as a result of the fire is not yet known.

The Coastguard has been contacted for comment.

 

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/live-fire-breaks-out-po-4625655?fbclid=IwAR1_SNjY9TULVrTDa4e73FQBBL-gI3fkAv9tYDhXJ8XEES_fjvBQK0chs-k

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Latest from ABP:

The Pride of Hull is now at anchorst on the Humber. A spokesman for ABP told Grimsby Live: “As soon as the tide allows the ferry will be towed back to port. There is no risk to anyone on board .

"There is no need for evacuation and the incident is under control. The marine team will bring her back as soon as the tide permits.”

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Yes, although looking on Marine Traffic looks like the tug has abandoned her for now. So that presumably suggests she may be able to move under her own power again? Or failing that that it's simply a crew change for the Tug! She's still at anchor but Pride of Rotterdam will no doubt vacate the berth soon to enable Pride of Hull to dock.

If she's out of service for any extended period of time I wonder if they'll fire up the Pride of York for some temporary cover. For tonight I assume that given her loadings they can probably get everything on the two Dutch boats that both arrived in Hull this morning anyway.

 

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P&O statement:

 

A spokesman for P&O Ferries said: “Last night there was a fire which was safely extinguished by the ship’s crew in one of the engine rooms of the Pride of Hull.

"There were no injuries and at no point was any passenger in danger. As a precaution, the ship will return to the berth in Hull and the damage will be assessed today.”

Note to previous post, another Tug is now in attendance on the river.

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Sounds a little similar to the Pont Aven, when a con rod came through the side of the block, although PA was capable of recovering itself. Either way the P of H will be out of service for some time so you would imagine that having a redundant, yet capable, vessel in Hull would be a straight forward choice. However this is P & O we are talking about with its `much cheapness` attitude. I wouldnt be at all suprised if they didnt run the Rotterdam service with just one ship...Still glad there were no injuries and lets hope the damage isnt too bad.

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Seen online on freightlink: 

"Due to the previously advised circumstances surrounding the Pride of Hull, tonight’s Hull to Zeebrugge service has now been cancelled.

The Pride of Bruges will now be deployed on the Hull ⇌ Europoort service from tomorrow." P&O Ferries.

Bruges on Europoort until at least Weds 28th on their facebook page. No further mention of Zeebrugge past tonight. Wonder if it's just not worth getting POY up and running for a week.

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According to social media reports they were very well looked after by P & O, free food,tea, soft drinks, cinema and entertainment including a singer apparantly. All were disembarked shortly after arrival on the river berth. Big headache for them is where do they park her. The only berth that she can fit in at Hull is required every other day by her sister ship. Nowhere else on the Humber can accomodate her and her ability to move without tug assistance is minimal. 

   The nearest drydock/repair yard would be at Hebburn or a long tow across the North Sea to somewhere.

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Pride of Hull is outbound on the Humber, currently with a tug following, but is approaching Spurn with an AIS destination of Rotterdam. Suspect she's off to Damen Velrome where she usually goes, or maybe just alongside on the spare berths at europoort.  Pride of Bruges is down to cover for the next week anyway.

 

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Reports on social media suggest Pride of Hull is scheduled to return to service on Monday hopefully. Not heard anything about extents of damage, she's still on the middle berth in Europoort so obviously doesn't require a dry dock. 

Apparently Pride of Rotterdam lost a stabiliser a few weeks ago, and so wonder how long they will go without that. As restrictions increase in Belgium and Holland they could keep Pride of Bruges on Europoort and get that sorted too..

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