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Fire still burning onboard the Safmarine Meru at Ningbo

Fire is still burning but is under control onboard the Safmarine Meru (4,300 dwt, built 2006), the Maersk Line containership that collided with another boxship off Ningbo, China on Sunday.

External firefighting has concluded, but fire tugs remain nearby to observe any developments, Maersk said in a statement today.

The vessel’s 22 crew are safe and arrangements are being made to release them for shore leave. They have also been offered support from crisis counsellors.

The ship itself is in bad shape after its run-in with Northern Jasper (8,814 teu, built 2009), which is operated by Germany’s Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt.

Safmarine Meru has reportedly suffered some water ingress and is without power, but is stable and suitable for towage, Maersk said.

“We are currently cooperating with the Chinese authorities to develop a plan to safely tow the vessel alongside in the Port of Ningbo. We will not speculate or comment on the circumstances leading to the incident while investigations are ongoing,” said Palle Laursen, Maersk Line’s head of ship management.

Officials from Chinese authorities and Maersk Line today went onboard the stricken boxship to survey the damage and gather necessary information before the vessel is towed to shore.

Some 400 containers were onboard at the time of the collision, including 11 containers carrying hazardous cargo.



Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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