Norway: Cargo ship on fire in North Sea; 32 aboard

AP News
Posted: Nov 16, 2013 7:55 PM

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway's rescue service says a cargo ship with 32 people aboard is on fire in the North Sea and an attempt to evacuate it has been called off because of stormy weather.

Rescue spokesman John Sjursoe says 20 crew and 12 military personnel aboard the Britannia Seaways are fighting the fire, which started in a container.

Sjursoe says no one is injured and the fire did not appear to be spreading early Sunday as the vessel headed toward Floroe on the Norwegian coast, escorted by rescue ships and helicopters.

Armed forces spokesman Ivar Moen says the ship is carrying armored vehicles and other military equipment from northern Norway to take part in an exercise in the southern part of the country.