Portland ship fire declared safe

Local, state and interstate emergency services combined to bring a ship fire at the Port of Portland in the state's South West to an and yesterday morning (Saturday 14 November).

**CFA and DELWP joint Media Release**

At 4am, Incident Controller Henry Barton declared the fire “safe”. Work then began on handing control of the ship back to its Captain and crew.

The Incident Management Team (IMT) has commenced the process of removing emergency personnel and equipment out of the Port and rehabilitate back to normal port operations.

Incident Controller Henry Barton commented: “the support provided from other agencies outside of CFA were exceptional.  A total of sixteen agencies were involved with the incident, from Victoria and South Australia”.

“The assistance provided by the Ship’s owners and crew and there willingness to participate in the activities involved in dealing with this incident are to be commended. This made the process of dealing with the fire and the contents of the silo on board the ship tranquil for everyone involved”.

“The community of Portland provided incredible support through local business and organisations, with catering, transport and accommodation”.

Some minor traffic will still occur over the remainder of the weekend, as the Port staff continues to clean and pack up any equipment that was used in the incident.

Author: CFA Media