Fire on Purple Beach put out

London: The noxious fire onboard the Macs Shipping controlled ship, Purple Beach, has been doused. However, efforts to offload the dangerous fertilizer cargo onboard have been hampered by stormy seas. Salvage ships worked through much of the night to shower the a cargo hold on the fiery vessel with some 500 cu m of seawater, successfully putting out the fire.

The Purple Beach containership (built 1998; 33,722 dwt) caught fire on May 25, 17 nautical miles southwest of Heligoland, a small German archipelago in the North Sea. The fire in the hold was put out, before it sprang back on May 26. Three salvage ships were deployed to assist the ship. A total of 36 people, including 22 crew and some firefighters, were taken to hospital for gas poisoning yesterday. No one was seriously injured.

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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