(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Whilst the vessel was en routeto its destination, a fire broke out in a container loaded on deck. This container was not declared to be carrying any dangerous goods.
Although the crew members immediately commenced firefighting, the fire eventually spread to the neighbouring containers, several of which contained dangerous goods. During the fire-fighting operations, the chief officer fell while descending a portable ladder and suffered serious injuries. The ladder had not been secured, and it was likely that it slipped or tipped over.
While the exact cause of the fire could not be determined, the safety investigation believed that moisture may have come in contact with the cargo, causing it to decompose and ignite.
For more details, you can download the full investigation report below:
Source: Transport Malta