Fire erupts in six containers onboard APL Le Havre

Surveys are ongoing to assess the damage to the 10,106 teu APL Le Havre after yet another container fire ripped through the aft of the boxship on Friday evening.

The ship was en route from Karachi to Mumbai when a fire was reported in six containers located in the aft section near the accommodation block. The Indian Coast Guard was called out, but stormy conditions meant external fire fighting was not possible. The APL ship was advised by the coast guard to drill holes in the containers that had caught fire and to flood them with water.

The fire was brought under control after four hours of fire-fighting and was then escorted to Mundra port outer anchorage. No crew were injured during the blaze.

Boxship fires have been a constant in shipping news headlines this year. Insurer TT Club has found there is now a major containership fire at sea on average every 60 days.


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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