There are 17 crew members on board the ship who have not yet been evacuated.

The Nordic State Disaster Management Authority (MSB) said on Sunday that a cargo ship had been on fire off the coast of Sweden for more than 24 hours. According to the information, only the cargo is burning, not the ship yet.

The ship, which set sail from Gothenburg, is carrying logs that caught fire on Saturday, and the flames have been unable to stop them since. MSB sent two helicopters to the scene, while the Coast Guard is engaged in the rescue operation on its own.

“The vessel has a significant amount of fuel and MSB is ready to provide assistance in the event of a spill,” the authority said. According to the Swedish news agency TT, the crew of seventeen on board the Iberian-flagged ship Almirante Storni has not been evacuated.

“We can’t say we’ve had the fire under control, but the flames are no longer spreading,” a Coast Guard spokesperson told TT. He added that the work could take days.


Order HVG weekly on paper or digital and read us anywhere, anytime!