USCG responds to containership on fire off Monterey

Image: USCG.
Image: USCG.

A Unified Command consisting of the USCG, the State of California, and Resolve Marine is responding to a fire aboard a containership approximately 50 miles west of the coast of Monterey.


The USCG has reported that the motor vessel NYK Delphinus contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco at approximately 4.54 am local time to report a fire in her engine room. There are 24 people aboard and no reported injuries.

The Coast Guard cutter Sockeye was directed to assess the situation, as were two Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews. Aircrew arrived on the scene at 9.26 am and transferred a dewatering pump to the Delphinus’ crew.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan crew is on scene providing surveillance of the vessel. Resolve Marine contracted five tugboats to assist. 

Unified Command said its priorities are “the safety and well-being of the crew, controlling the fire, and mitigating pollution”.

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