Maersk containership hit by fire off Las Palmas

The 2,890 teu containership Maersk Patras was hit by a fire in its engine room yesterday while sailing off the Canary Islands en route from Algeciras to Conakry, Guinea.

The fire onboard the 1998-built vessel was quickly controlled by the crew, however due to the location of the fire the vessel had to be diverted to Las Palmas. The vessel is being towed this morning by Posh tug Salvangaurd.

A Maersk Line spokesperson confirmed the incident to Splash today, and said the company is working on a contingency plan for the cargo on board the vessel.

Upon arrival in Las Palmas, Maersk said it will further investigate to establish the extent of damage and any impact to the vessel’s seaworthiness.

“The crew is safe, there have been no injuries, and there has been no environmental impact. We have informed the crew’s relatives and the relevant local authorities,” the spokesperson added.



Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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