Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Navy ship HMAS Bundaberg goes up in flames in Brisbane's east

A large navy ship fire east of Brisbane has been brought under control after three hours.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus remain at a commercial boat shed on Barku Court in Hemmant, about 11 kilometres east of the CBD. Earlier, about 50 firefighers and 16 fire trucks were called to the scene.
Authorities have confirmed the ship on fire is the HMAS Bundaberg, a navy vessel that was in Brisbane for routine maintenance.
Fire crews were called to the shipyards on the Brisbane River at 11.52am after an automated alarm went off.

Initial reports were that a 70-foot boat was ablaze, however the HMAS Bundaberg is much larger.
The Armidale-class patrol boat is about 56 metres long and was commissioned in 2007.
According to the Navy website, the HMAS Bundaberg (II) and 13 sister vessels are used for fisheries protection, immigration, customs and drug law enforcement operations

"Defence understands that at least two civilian contractors suffered smoke inhalation and were treated at the scene," A Defence spokesman said in a statement.

"No members of the Navy crew were injured in the incident. 
"The cause of the fire is not known at this time

"An assessment of damage and an investigation into the cause of the fire will be undertaken once it is safe to do so."

Then-Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on board the HMAS Bundaberg in 2012



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