Car carrier fire under control

At around 0100 hours Korean time this morning the main fire on the Auto Banner car carrier was finally extinguished although the ship continues to smoulder at a dock in Incheon port and is likely to be a complete write-off.

The Hyundai Glovis-controlled Auto Banner car carrier caught fire yesterday morning. The fire started on the 11th floor of the ship, which was due to take a consignment of used cars to Libya.

The 5,700 unit car carrier was loaded with 2,100 used vehicles when the blaze started, of which around 200 were located on the 11th storey of the ship.

In total 398 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze, as well as 110 fire engines, and three fire fighting helicopters.

One firefighter was hospitalised having fallen while entering the ship.

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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