UPDATED: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have been called to Wightlink’s Lymington terminal this morning (Friday) where a fire has broke out in the engine room of the Isle of Wight ferry ‘Wight Sky’.
At least 5 pumping appliances, an aerial ladder platform and the Incident Command Unit are currently on scene at Lymington, alongside South Central Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Lymington Coastguard Rescue Team.
Wight Sky – which has previously suffered 2 engine room fires – docked alongside at around 07:00. It is said that a fire then broke out, prompting a call to emergency services.
Firefighters have donned breathing apparatus and are working to bring the situation under control.
It was on 26th August this year that the same passenger ferry suffered an engine fire whilst travelling between Yarmouth and Lymington. That followed another engine fire – again on Wight Sky – in September 2017, meaning today’s incident is the third in just 15 months.
Wightlink’s Yarmouth to Lymington service has been suspended until further notice.
A spokesperson for Wightlink has said:
“Wightlink’s Lymington to Yarmouth service is currently suspended following a fire on board its ferry Wight Sky while in berth at Lymington earlier this morning.
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“All customers and crew were disembarked safely with no injuries.
“We will update you when we have more information”.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are aware of the incident and have Coastguard officers on the ground. It is thought the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have been informed of this latest fire.
UPDATE @ 08:32 – Hampshire FRS have confirmed that 5 pumping appliances, an aerial ladder platform, a Incident Command Unit and Command Support vehicle are attending this morning’s fire, as well as a specialist equipment unit.
The fire is said to be contained to the engine room and the temperature is being monitored while suppression is in use. There are no signs of it spreading to any other compartments.
Lymington RNLI lifeboat has been tasked to incident by Solent Coastguard.
Hampshire Constabulary say that the ferry is likely to be out of action for most of today and an update will be provided when known.
UPDATE @ 09:31 – The fire has been extinguished and the incident is now being scaled back, according to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Wightlink say all customers are being diverted to the Fishbourne-Portsmouth route.
UPDATE @ 12:46 – The Maritime Accident Investigation Branch have confirmed they are investigating a ‘machinery space fire’ on board Wight Sky which occurred at the entrance to Lymington River this morning.
Wightlink’s Yarmouth to Lymington service remains suspended.
UPDATE @ 15:26 – Wightlink have this afternoon issued a statement on today’s incident, which has been confirmed as an engine fire.
A spokesperson for the operator has said:
“There was an engine fire on board Wightlink’s 06:25 service from Yarmouth to Lymington this morning. The ferry, Wight Sky, had nine crew and 43 passengers on board. There were no injuries. The 17 vehicles on board the sailing disembarked at Lymington.
“Immediately after the alarm was raised on Wight Sky on arrival at Lymington, the Master activated the ship’s fire suppressant service which was effective.
“Wightlink has suspended the service between Lymington and Yarmouth but plans to resume sailings on the route on Sunday afternoon, subject to an inspection visit by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
“All customers scheduled to travel on the route today and tomorrow have been notified and rebooked on Wightlink’s Portsmouth-Fishbourne service.
“The engine affected by the fire was brand new and installed on Wight Sky during refit this autumn by the manufacturers’ agent. Up until this morning, it had been in operation for 390 hours”.