Containership catches fire at Manila International Container Port

A 2,742 teu containership, Cape Moreton (37,882dwt, built 2005) caught fire Saturday morning while anchored at Manila International Container Port (MICP) in the Philippines.

The fire broke out around 9:15am while the vessel was docked at berth 1 of the port with a group of containers carrying sodium hydroxide the likely source of the outbreak, with some local sources reporting an explosion inside the ship.

Cape Moreton is owned by Hamburg-based Hanse Bereederung, part of Schoeller Holdings, and managed by Columbia Shipmanagement, also part of Schoeller Holdings.

The fire took firefighters 9 hours to contain, with 20 firetrucks and 3 tugboats responding to the incident. Firefighters were hampered in their efforts by an inability to penetrate the lower deck, being unfamiliar with the ship, while the Russian crew requested each firefighting crew to show ID before entering the vessel.

No casualties were reported and the exact cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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