Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Frenzy online as derelict ship burns


RAGING INFERNO: Smoke billows from a derelict ship in Sea Lots yesterday near the NP LPG filling station. —Photo: GYASI GONZALES

Mark Fraser

 THICK black smoke billowing from the Beetham area yesterday sent social media users into a frenzy as they thought it was a resurgence of deliberately set fires in the landfill which had kept downtown Port of Spain in a smoky haze for a week recently.

It was not so however.

Instead, according to officers of the Port of Spain Divisional Task Force, a company known as Sea Neptune was conducting salvage operations on a derelict ship situated a relatively short distance away from the National Petroleum LPG filling station when fire  broke out around 9 a.m. while workers were using a blow-torch to dismantle the vessel.

Diesel in the ship’s holding tanks caught fire, police officials said.

When the Express arrived on the scene, fire officers from the Wrightson Road headquarters were already battling the blaze. One fire officer said the LPG station was not in any danger as the fire, which was still raging, was confined to one area.

By around 1 p.m. the blaze had been completely contained.