Burnt Yantian Express finally makes it to its Halifax destination

Four months after a severe blaze ripped through it the Yantian Express boxship has finally reached its Canadian destination, delivering some of the containers that survived the fire.

The Hapag-Lloyd vessel arrived in the Port of Halifax on the eastern seaboard of Canada yesterday, having spent nearly four months in the Bahamas. The ship caught fire on January 3 this year in the Atlantic while bound for Halifax.

In total, 260 containers were destroyed from the two week-long fire on the 7,500 teu ship, with another 460 damaged and the contents in many reefers were also spoiled when power was lost.

The vessel will now head for China for repairs.

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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