Cargo vessel catches fire in Vanuatu

Crew on board a ship in Vanuatu had a dramatic escape as the vessel erupted into flames off South West Bay on the island of Malekula.

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.