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Fire onboard M/V Genius Star XI near Dutch Harbor, AK

West Aleutians, AK, USA | 2023-Dec-28

Initial Notification: On 12/25/2023, Panamanian-flagged M/V GENIUS STAR XI (IMO 9622710) experienced a fire onboard their #1 cargo hold. The cause of the fire was believed to be lithium-ion batteries that ignited during heavy seas. The vessel is diverting to Dutch Harbor. The vessel is under its own power without any known propulsion or steering issues at this time. the USCG requested the NOAA SSC assist with chemical hazard assessment.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Latitude (approximate): 53° 56.97′ North
Longitude (approximate): 166° 34.02′ West