Car Carrier Catches Fire at Antwerp Dock

Silver Sky on fire at the Port of Antwerp.
Silver Sky on fire at the Port of Antwerp.

A serious fire broke out overnight in the cargo area of a pure car and truck carrier docked at the Port of Antwerp. 

According to reports the fire erupted just after midnight aboard the 1988-built Silver Sky, which had just loaded secondhand vehicles bound for West Africa.

Early reports say the fire is believed to have originated in one of the vehicles and spread to others in the compartment.

All crew members were evacuated without injury. 

Fire fighters continued to cool the vessel during the day Thursday but as of midday were unable to get inside to inspect the extent of the damage. 

File photo shows MV Silver Sky. Photo: Sallaum Lines
File photo shows MV Silver Sky. Photo: Sallaum Lines

The 182.5 meter Silver Sky is flagged in Panama and operated by Dubai-based Sallaum Lines.