Crew evacuate burning Hapag-Lloyd ship in the Atlantic

Crew onboard the Hapag-Lloyd vessel Yantian Express were evacuated Sunday as a fire, underway since Friday, became difficult to contain.

The 23 crew of the 7,500 teu ship were moved onto the salvage tug Smit Nicobar.

Another tug, Maersk Mobiliser, is expected to tow the burning ship to the Canadian port of Halifax.

None of the crew have been hurt in the accident.

“Due to bad weather conditions, the fire has not been successfully contained yet and has significantly increased in intensity at times,” Hapag-Lloyd said in a statement on Sunday.

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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