Fire kills one, destroys vessel

19 August 2019 | Infrastructure

A man was killed when the hake trawler Ocean Tide moored at the jetty of Seawork Fish Processors in Walvis Bay caught fire below deck around 8:00 on Saturday.

He formed part of the maintenance crew doing repair work on the vessel at the time.

The fire quickly spread to the upper decks and completely destroyed the bridge and the living quarters of the crew.

According to sources at the scene, it is suspected that sparks from an angle grinder caused the fire which resulted in considerable damage and the suspension of activities at the on-land fish processing facility due to the presence of smoke.

The vessel carried no load and was moored for the past two weeks while repairs were being made.

Three fire brigade trucks, and two Namport tugs - the Onkoshi and Onyati - were deployed to the scene. Onkoshi's crew used the tug's water cannon to douse the flames on the vessel from its starboard side while firemen boarded the vessel and battled the flames from the portside.

Port Captain Lukas Kaufuna who was at scene confirmed the death of the maintenance worker. Once the flames were subdued, mobile pumps were deployed on the deck to pump out water from the hull of the vessel and to keep the vessel from capsizing or sinking next to the jetty.

Similar News

 

MTC to build 270 houses

11 hours ago | Infrastructure

MTC is planning to construct 270 houses and will partner with the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) for the delivery of the homes in...

Neckartal to be commissioned in March

4 weeks ago - 30 January 2020 | Infrastructure

The Neckartal Dam in southern Namibia is expected to be commissioned in March, says the executive director in the ministry of agriculture, Percy Misika. ...

Swakop mass housing empty

1 month - 29 January 2020 | Infrastructure

CATHERINE SASMAN Construction on almost half of the 2 796 houses built under the controversial mass housing scheme...

Cable break affects internet

1 month - 20 January 2020 | Infrastructure

Internet activity throughout Namibia came to a near standstill on Thursday after two breaks in the South Atlantic 3/West Africa (WACS) submarine cables occurred. ...

Idle RCC strains emergency fund

1 month - 16 January 2020 | Infrastructure

Despite being currently dormant, state-owned Roads Contractor Company (RCC) continues to dip its hands into the government's contingency fund to pay salaries of N$5.4 million...

Local partner offered N$10m to abandon tender

2 months ago - 23 December 2019 | Infrastructure

A local construction company, Onamagongwa Trading Enterprise (OTE), which until recently was a joint-venture partner with China Railway Seventh Company, claims that it was offered...

Chinese scoop N$900m rail tender

2 months ago - 12 December 2019 | Infrastructure

The Chinese state-owned China Gezhouba Group Company Limited has been awarded the tender for upgrading the railway line between Walvis Bay and Kranzberg. ...

NHE loses N$10m in rental incompetence

3 months ago - 19 November 2019 | Infrastructure

A senior manager at the National Housing Enterprise, Willem Titus, is accused of failing to issue invoices for the sale of several houses at Ongwediva,...

WBCG grows regional economies

3 months ago - 19 November 2019 | Infrastructure

CATHERINE SASMANSince the establishment of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) 19 years ago, trade volumes from neighbouring countries have grown from zero to more...

TransNamib a mono oobiliyona 2.5

4 months ago - 15 October 2019 | Infrastructure

Omunambelewa omukomeho gwoTransNamib, Johny Smith okwa popi kutya oombaanga dhaNamiba oshowo ombaanga dhomuumbugantu waAfrica odha gandja ezimino lyoshimaliwa shoobiliyona 2.5 kehangano ndyoka lya yama...

Latest News

Shimbulu reinstatement declared illegal

11 hours ago | Politics

Oshakati town council legal consultant Jan Greyling has penned a damning opinion on the nomination and swearing-in of Katrina Shimbulu as a councillor, and her...

Has ACC finally awoken from...

11 hours ago | Opinion

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has for years stomached bashing for its perceived 'small fish' approach to corruption.In fact, there is nothing suggesting that corruption has...

Samherji throws lifeline to Geysir...

11 hours ago | Labour

Workers currently on Samherji's Geysir vessel, which is fishing in Mauritania, will keep their jobs, while the rest of the crew who were left in...

MTC to build 270 houses

11 hours ago | Infrastructure

MTC is planning to construct 270 houses and will partner with the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) for the delivery of the homes in...

Neckartal level at 5.2%

11 hours ago | Weather

The multibillion-dollar Neckartal Dam has received inflow of about 45 million cubic metres of water since the beginning of this month. To put this in...

The passion of Cassidy Karon

11 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

We all can pretty much nod at the fact that Cassidy Karon is currently at the frontline of youth, fashion and street culture in Namibia....

The flip-flop drag

11 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

After years of tossing and turning in their grave, the fashion gods and ancestors have finally defeated the powers of death and risen once again....

Online, online, online!

11 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

Since taking over tjil last year, I have been met with praise, yet also criticism. I have been met with pride, yet also concern. It's...

Song Night is back

11 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

Consistently exceeding expectations of nurturing the Namibian sound, Song Night, now sponsored by RMB, pledges to focus even more on mentoring musicmakers and bringing explosive...

Load More