Happy Rover catches fire at Damen Shiprepair in Schiedam
BigLift Shipping’s R-type heavy lift carrier, Happy Rover, caught fire while in drydock at Damen Shiprepair in Schiedam in the early morning of August 21. The fire broke out in the forecastle stores of the vessel at 3:00 AM. The vessel arrived in Schiedam on August 8, from Canada, according to its AIS data.
Responding to the inquiry by Project Cargo Journal, BigLift Shipping spokesperson noted that the fire brigade arrived quickly at the spot, but the decision was made to let the fire expire in a controlled manner. On Monday morning the fire was out and the vessel has meanwhile been released.
While the cause and the extent of the damage are yet to be ascertained, the spokesperson noted that there were no casualties, while the vessel’s crew remained on stand-by during the fire.
According to the maritime industry media outlet, Schuttevaer, the thick smoke caused by the fire passed over Schiedam and could be smelled at times, however, no increased concentration of hazardous substances has been measured in the smoke.
Happy Rover is a versatile heavy lift carrier, equipped with 400 mt SWL Huisman cranes, that can handle units up to 800 mt in a tandem lift. It is a trusted workhorse that also has a major milestone to its name. Back in 2016, it was the heavy lift cargo vessel ever to circumnavigate the North pole in one season.
With her voyage through the Northern Sea route and subsequently the North West Passage, Happy Rover achieved two important milestones. She is the first heavy lift vessel ever to have sailed these two routes within one season and she is also the first-ever vessel to use the shortest of the Northwest Passage routes, via Fury & Hecla Strait, as a transit trade lane between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
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