Fire breaks out on 13,500 teu UASC boxship

A fire broke out in early this morning on the UASC owned Alula boxship. Firefighters spent three and a half hours putting the fire out on the 13,500 teu, 2012 built ship, which was docked at Hamburg. The fire is thought to have started in one of the containers of the vessel, which is insured by Standard P&I Club. No one was injured in the incident and the owner is now assessing the damage to the 349.5 m long, Malta-flagged vessel.

A team of 36 firefighters arrived on the scene at 0330 hrs this morning. 30 containers were quickly discharged so that firefighters could get access the container where the fire had started.

The burning 40-ft container was moved ashore and emptied with a forklift truck. Inside the container was plenty of cardboard, local media reported.

UASC was unavailable for comment when contacted by Splash.

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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