Fire erupts on Hapag-Lloyd boxship bound for Canada

In a shocking start to the year for marine casualties German boxline Hapag-Lloyd has reported its 7,510 teu ship Yantian Express suffered a fire in one of its containers onboard off Bermuda on Thursday. The fire since spread and has yet to be contained despite the master’s efforts to change course to lessen the wind speed. Firefighting continues and the ship is continuing in a northeasterly direction towards its destination, Halifax in Canada.

This has been a bad week for marine accidents with a big fire on a Japanese car carrier in the Pacific, many boxes spilled off an MSC boxship in the North Sea and a severe fire engulfing a general cargo ship anchored in Istanbul.


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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