No injuries and no damage were reported following a small fire aboard the Seafarers-crewed Midnight Sun (TOTE Services).
SIU members including Recertified Bosun Thomas MacGregor quickly extinguished the fire on the front deck of the ship, which was docked in Tacoma, Washington. Local fire department personnel arrived on scene, but the fire already had been put out.
According to the vessel operator, no cargo was aboard the vessel. A published report indicated the incident “was likely caused by an electrical fire in a piece of (a vendor’s) maintenance equipment on the upper deck, the Tacoma Fire Department told the local News Tribune.” MacGregor had just arrived to the ship, on Sept. 23.
“I was still in my leathers from riding my bike,” he said. “But I was part of the quick response team, me and the chief mate. It took three minutes, if that, for our two teams to get suited up, and about 20 minutes to knock down the fire.”
The bosun added that prior safety training definitely paid off, prominently including the related courses that are staples at the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education.
“This (effective response) is all because of the basic training that we get at Piney Point and the drills we do on board,” MacGregor stated. “It went smoothly and everybody did what they were supposed to do.”
Other SIU members aboard the ship include ABG Gamal Muflahi, ABB Artemio Galaura, ABM Saleh Alsinai, ABG Samed Kassem, ABM Raymond Green, ABM Scott Ryan, AB Daniel Mensah, QEE Gajatri Normatova, OMU Rohmy Butler, OMU Mohamed Alghazali, OMU Majed Alsharif, GUDE Mohamed Kassem, Recertified Steward Dennis Skretta, Chief Cook Robert Haggerty and SA Khaled Yahia.