Overheating electrical equipment cited as cause of fire on MOL Contribution

Los Angeles: A fire broke out on the MOL Contribution yesterday evening. The ship was docked at the Port of Oakland.

According to the local fire department, the blaze started in an officer’s cabin five floors above the ship’s main deck. The fire was put out half an hour after the fire department arrived at the port with local officials praising the crew for battling the fire early on.

There were no reports of injuries while the 90,000 dwt ship, which joined the Japanese major’s fleet just last year, sustained smoke and fire damage to its superstructure. The cause of the fire is under investigation although early reports point to overheating electrical equipment.

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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