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PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to cargo ship fire near Blount Island


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U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Jacksonville
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Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to cargo ship fire near Blount Island

  

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are responding to fire on board a cargo ship at Blount Island.

All 21 crew members have been safely accounted for.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville watchstanders were notified at 3:53 p.m. of a fire on board the M/V Höegh Xiamen, a 600-foot vehicle carrier. The watchstanders immediately notified Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Mayport 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew.

Currently on scene are:

  • Coast Guard Station Mayport RB-M crew
  • Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department
  • Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
  • Blount Island Port Authority

A 500-yard safety zone has been established around the M/V Höegh Xiamen. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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