South African firefighters tackle APL boxship inferno

Tugs and firefighters were deployed this morning to Algoa Bay in South Africa where a number of boxes on the 6,350 teu APL Austria had caught fire, leading to the majority of the ship’s crew to evacuate.

The APL Austria is operated by APL and is owned by Japan’s Shoei Kisen Kaisha.

The fire was reported as it came into anchorage. After three hours of hosing down the midship area of the vessel, the decision was taken to move it into port where firefighting continues at Port Elizabeth. No reason for the fire has yet been given.


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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