Cargo vessel

Cargo vessel catches fire in Vanuatu

The landing craft vessel, LC Western Star 1, had been transporting fuel from the capital Port Villa.

A spokesperson for the ship's company, Silent World Shipping and Logistics, told RNZ Pacific that no casualties have been reported and the eight crew members operating the vessel are safe.

The cause of the fire is so far unknown.


Rescuers try to save stranded cargo ship near Sydney

The vessel got into trouble after it lost power and risked being swept ashore to the nearby cliffs of Sydney.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was dispatched and attempted to hoist the cargo ship's crew to safety but they were unable to do so.

Two tug boats have been able to help and have steered the ship back out to sea, where the rescue effort continues.