URD - Fire on 4 March 2014


On 4 March 2014 at 0320, URD departed from Liepaja, Latvia, with fully loaded car decks and 110 passengers on board, bound for Travemünde, Germany, according to the ship´s regular schedule. At 0740, two crew members, randomly passing the main car deck, discovered a fire on top of a lorry. The bridge was alerted and the car deck sprinkler system was quickly activated. Ten minutes later, the sprinkler system was stopped in order to allow the crew to assess the effect of the extinguishing operation. As the fire was not completely extinguished, the firefighting crew tried to extinguish it by means of a fire hose. Meanwhile, assembly of the passengers was initiated in the ship´s reception area on deck 6.

Approximately 30 minutes after the initial discovery, the fire had been extinguished and normal operation was resumed. A fire watch was established on the car deck for the remainder of the voyage. URD continued towards Travemünde and arrived as scheduled on 5 March 2014 at 0730.

The report can be downloaded in PDF format here.