Coast Guard responds to vessel fire in the Port of Alaska

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The Coast Guard responded to a fire aboard the vessel Atlantic Lily in the Port of Anchorage, Friday night.

    At around 10 p.m. Friday, thick, black smoke was seen billowing from the exhaust stack of the 600-foot foreign-flagged tank vessel, followed by a loud boom and flames.

    The crew quickly responded to the emergency, deploying fire hoses, and extinguishing the flames. Anchorage Fire Department and Port of Alaska personnel arrived on the scene shortly after to provide support.

    The vessel was reportedly transferring jet fuel at the time of the incident and cargo operations were suspended until the fire was extinguished and a thorough investigation conducted.

    The issue with the vessel's auxiliary boiler caused an improper fuel-to-air mixture, igniting a buildup of soot in the exhaust stack which resulted in a loud bang and flames.

    The vessel's owners have brought a technical expert to troubleshoot the problem. The ship was expected to resume normal operations Saturday afternoon.

    Coast Guard personnel work with the Port of Anchorage and Anchorage Fire Department crews to ensure the safety of the vessel's crew and shoreside responders.

    No pollution or injuries were reported at the time of the incident.

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