Firefighters from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have boarded the merchant vessel 'Honor' in the Solent via helicopter to ensure her safety after she suffered a fire at sea.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency requested the fire service's assistance on Friday 24 February after a number of the cars she was transporting were involved in a fire. The ship's fixed firefighting systems tackled the initial blaze and the cargo space has been sealed with no injuries to any crew.
The ship has full manoeuvrability and has turned towards Southampton, where it is planned to anchor off the Isle of Wight.
Firefighters will board the vessel via HM Coastguard helicopter with temperature and gas monitoring equipment to assess the situation.
We continue to work with key partner agencies including the ship’s owners, Harbour Master and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to ensure the safety of the ship and her crew.
UPDATE: 21.40, 24/02/17
The car transporter 'Honor' has now safely docked in Southampton following this morning's fire.
Four Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service officers boarded the ship by helicopter earlier at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's (MCA) request. They have now handed the incident back to the ship's owner.
The Hampshire officers provided expertise and advice to bring the incident to a successful and safe conclusion, working as part of a multi-agency response with the MCA and local emergency planning teams.