21 October 2020 12:44
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.
Find local issues reported in your area 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. You can follow any updates on this ongoing incident in our dedicated live blog below. Sign up to the GrimsbyLive newsletter for daily updates and breaking news Sign up here! Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email A fire broke out on the Pride of Hull ferry on Tuesday night, stranding the ship in the Humber off Immingham.
The P&O super ferry with 264 people on board was sailing from Hull to Rotterdam when she came to a stop off the south bank of the Humber. Smoke was reported billowing from the engine room and the Humber lifeboat was launched as the Coastguard coordinated a possible rescue. The fire broke out shortly after the ship set sail from Hull at 8.30pm on October 20 en route to Rotterdam, where it was supposed to arrive at 8.30am on Wednesday morning. (Image: Duncan Young / GNP) All crew and passengers were said to be safe and power remained available on the decks. A spokesman for Associated British Ports confirmed that they were assisting with the ongoing incident, while the Coastguard said they too had been notified of the issue at just before 9pm. 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." A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "HM Coastguard received a call from Humber Vessel Traffic Service just before 9pm reporting The Pride of Hull had lost power and smoke had been found in the engine room." The Agency added: "The ferry is currently in the River Humber. She was outbound with 264 passengers and crew aboard when she lost power. Two tugs are currently alongside the ferry and Humber RNLI lifeboat is standing by. The incident is ongoing." Tracking images of other ships close to the Pride of Hull at the time of the incident showed the RNLI lifeboat near to the ship. A spokesman for Associated British Ports said: "We are assisting with an incident aboard The Pride of Hull." The firm's marine team were in constant contact with the ship's captain. It is believed the ferry was to be towed back to Hull when tidal conditions improved through the early hours of Wednesday. The shipping lanes appeared quiet on Tuesday evening and it is believed no other vessels were affected by the emergency. Nearly 300 passengers and crew on a ferry which caught fire in the engine room are safe, the coastguard has said. The P&O Pride of Hull is expected to return to port "as soon as possible" after it lost power and became stranded with 264 passengers onboard following the fire. The ferry, which was travelling from Hull to Rotterdam, set sail at 8.30pm and was expected to arrive at Rotterdam on Wednesday morning, but did not make it past the Humber estuary. The coastguard, which was informed of the incident at about 9pm on Tuesday, said the ferry was anchored in the River Humber. An Associated British Ports (ABP) spokesperson said: "ABP responded last night to an incident of a fire in the engine room on the P&O vessel the Pride of Hull. "We continue to liaise with and support the ship and will be assisting in her safe return to the Port of Hull as soon as possible." The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "HM Coastguard received a call from Humber Vessel Traffic Service just before nine last night, reporting the Pride of Hull had lost power and smoke had been found in the engine room. "The ferry is currently at anchor in the River Humber. She was outbound to Rotterdam with 264 passengers and crew on board when she lost power. "All passengers and crew are safe and power remains on decks. "Two tugs were originally sent along with the Humber RNLI lifeboat. One tug remains with the vessel." © Sky News 2020