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Swedish firefighters hampered by high winds in operation to douse stricken ship carrying timber

Swedish firefighters have had a busy weekend trying to contain a blaze which erupted on a Liberian-flagged ship carrying logs off Gothenburg.

The fire, which started in the fore cargo hold on Saturday, had not been extinguished 48 hours later despite the use of multiple vessels and helicopters to douse the ship. Firefighting has been hampered by strong winds.

The crew of the Almirante Storni remain onboard and there is now discussion about whether or not to try and take the bunker fuel from the stricken vessel.

“We can’t say the fire is under control, but at least it has not spread”, a Coast Guard spokesperson told local media on Monday morning, adding the work could continue for several days.

The nine-year-old, 31,796 dwt handy bulk carrier is managed by Germany’s NSC.

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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