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Containership on fire in Hamburg Port

Fire has broken out onboard a containership in Hamburg Port, prompting a response from around 150 firefighters, reports say.

The blaze is onboard the post-panamax  CCNI Arauco (9,030 dwt, built 2015), which is owned by Germany’s NSC Schifffahrtsgesellschaft and has been evacuated. All crew have been accounted for.

A spokesman for the Hamburg fire brigade told press in Germany the fire is likely to have started during welding work.

Crew onboard the vessel initially tried to extinguish the fire themselves. Two people were reportedly slightly injured and were taken to hospital by emergency services.

Fighting boats and tugs are pumping water from the River Elbe, but efforts to extinguish the fire are “slow going”, according to German press reports.

Authorities in Hamburg have reportedly warned people in the nearby city centre to close their windows.

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Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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