Coast Guard and FDNY Respond to Tanker Fire

SILive - October 14, 2018

by Tracey Porpora

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- City firefighters (FDNY) and the U.S. Coast Guard secured a 479-foot asphalt tanker that suffered a fire in its engine room while traveling in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard along with FDNY’s special operations command firefighters and rescue paramedics conducted a joint safety examination of a disabled tanker on Monday, according a Coast Guard press release

The Feng Huang AO tanker from Hong Kong had 21 crew members aboard -- none of whom suffered injuries as a result of the fire, the report says. However, the ship’s electrical generators and main engine were disabled by the fire, according to the Coast Guard.

“This was a significant engine room fire that damaged a number of vessel systems, and we are fortunate there were no injuries,” said Capt. Jason Tama, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York. "Responding to this case required close coordination between numerous partner agencies and stakeholders to ensure the safety of the ship and the port, and to protect the environment. The assistance and expertise provided by FDNY marine firefighters was essential to the safe resolution of this case.”

Said John Esposito, FDNY Chief of Special Operations: "The Port Security Grant Program has funded many training evolutions for the FDNY, which has translated into the successful multi-agency execution during this live event...The collaboration during this incident exemplifies the importance of strong relationships between the FDNY and the Coast Guard.”