Car carrier fire in Antwerp

Car carrier fire in Antwerp

More firemen have been called in this morning to help douse the fire onboard the car carrier Silver Sky.

The fire started at around midnight yesterday when the ship was docked at Antwerp’s berth 340. It has since raged out of control.

Tugs were deployed to douse the ship and try and reduce the temperature of the hull, but the ship remains too hot to board and extinguish the flames from the cargo deck. Firemen are now deploying vast amounts of CO2 to try and rein back the flames.

The 27-year-old ship, owned by Dubai’s Sallaum Lines, was carrying used cars destined for Africa.

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.

Related Posts