Giant fire engulfs Wan Hai ship in Hong Kong waters

Giant fire engulfs Wan Hai ship in Hong Kong waters

Hong Kong’s Marine Department has maintained a no go zone around the Wan Hai 307 containership which suffered a spectacular fire yesterday evening, with smoke still detected from some of the boxes onboard the 2,200 teu ship today by commuters heading to work by ferry. The ship is now moored between Cheung Chau and Lamma islands.

The fire erupted in the fore of the ship. Crew’s efforts to douse failed and local salvage tugs were deployed to help put it out. The crew has been evacuated as some local reports suggest some of the cargoes carried are toxic.

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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    Brian R. McCaughrin
    September 20, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    This is “PRIME REASON” Why X Ray Inspection of Every Container in the world should demanded by International Countries, before they are ever board on to any ship, So that toxic cargoes Like MV. WAN HAI 307, Don’t Happen in the future..It everyone responsibility to curb this from this day forward, but sadly it will continue until someone step up with Government Authority to put a stop to it! Drugs and Illegal arms are in all of these containers coast to coast, on 7 continents, and Why because it pays..Our Container are all X-Rayed and McCaughrin’s don’t haul “ANY MILITARY, OR MISC DRUGS, On Any of Our Thirty, (35) Ships, If it caught It is thrown overboard, at clients expense, since Clients were given “Bill of Lading”, Clearly States that on First, (1st) Page in Big Block Letters.