Malfunctioning fumigation hatch creates panic in Vancouver

Malfunctioning fumigation hatch creates panic in Vancouver

Locals enjoying the sunshine on a beach in West Vancouver were startled in the late afternoon yesterday when they heard a large bang from a nearby bulk carrier followed by enormous plumes of white smoke. The coast guard was quickly called to the scene, who, on inspecting the 13-year-old Minoan Glory panamax, reported the explosion and smoke was caused by a malfunction with the ship’s fumigation hatch. The coast guard said there were no injuries and no spills as a result of the incident.

European shipping database lists Athens-based Ostria Navigation as the owner of the ship, which has now left Canadian waters and is bound for Singapore.

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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