Fire breaks out on US-flagged car carrier in English Channel

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(HAMPSHIRE, United Kingdom) — A U.S.-flagged car carrier was forced to turn back toward Southampton on Friday after a fire broke out in the ship's cargo hold, the Southern Daily Echo reported. The 622-foot Honor, operated by American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC), was en route to Baltimore when the incident occurred at about 0400 hours. The cargo space was sealed as the vessel's fixed firefighting systems extinguished the flames, which reportedly involved several vehicles. The Southampton-based Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the ship had full maneuverability and had anchored off the Isle of Wight. None of the 21 crewmembers was hurt.

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By Professional Mariner Staff