Blaze on 9,200 teu APL ship continues for fourth day

A fire on the 9,200 teu APL Vancouver off Vietnam has yet to be contained four days after it erupted.

The ship was en route from Shenzhen to Singapore when the fire broke out early in the morning of January 31 near the accommodation block, the latest in a series of blazes originating from containers in transit around the world in recent months.

The APL vessel diverted to Vietnamese waters for assistance and the local coast guard has deployed significant resources to try and douse the blaze.

“There are ongoing efforts to extinguish the fire that broke out onboard APL Vancouver. Shore support and firefighting tugs have been deployed while Vietnamese Coast Guard vessels are on site. Additional resources including equipment, external specialised firefighters and salvage master have been mobilized,” a spokesperson for APL told Splash today.

Crewmembers have all been reported safe.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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