A US-flagged vehicle carrier on Monday caught fire and went adrift in the Gulf of Mexico with 20 crewmembers onboard, US Coast Guard (USCG) officials said.
The car carrier, Alliance St Louis, met with the accident after it suffered an electrical fire in its engine room and the vessel was drifting off Louisiana, reports then said.
Officials said the US Coast Guard and good Samaritan vessels responded to the incident though the fire on board had been extinguished by crewmembers.
The 199-meter vessel, which was on emergency power after the fire accident, was en route from Port Arthur in Texas to Jacksonville, Florida, the AIS data revealed. However, no injuries or pollution have been reported.
USCG said its cutter Brant and Good Samaritan tug Mariya Moran participated in an operation to assist the vessel and the tug Crosby Endeavor was also on the scene to take the vessel to Port Arthur.
Reports said investigators with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City have launched an investigation into the incident.
Built in 2005, the 21,080 dwt Alliance St Louis is operated by Höegh Autoliners and owned by Alliance Navigation, which provides roll-on/roll-off vehicle carriers from U.S. ports to destinations in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf and Arabian Sea.