Media release

Vessel fire – Darwin City

Fire and Rescue

Northern Territory Police and NT Fire and Rescue Service responded to a vessel on fire at a commercial wharf in Francis Bay early this morning.

Shortly after 3.30am, police received multiple reports of explosions and fire. A multiagency response followed, including Police, NTFRS, St John Ambulance and Darwin Port Authority.

A 24m multipurpose vessel was fully engulfed and destroyed by the fire. It took around two hours to extinguish the fire and a crime scene has been declared. Serious Crime detectives and fire investigators are now looking into the cause of the blaze.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Trent Abbott said, “The vessel was unmanned at the time of the incident.

“At this stage, there are no suspicious circumstances.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 131 444, quoting reference 9535568.

PFES Media