Wallenius car carrier hit by fire off Germany

The 1983-built PCTC Baltic Breeze, owned by Swedish company Wallenius Lines and operated by UECC, caught fire in the North Sea near Germany on Sunday night while sailing from Drammen, Norway to Cuxhaven, Germany.

The fire started in the engine room of the ship, which is carrying around 3,000 cars onboard. The crew managed to extinguish the fire before a team of firefighters from Cuxhaven arrived by helicopter to assess the condition of the vessel before allowing it to enter port.

The local maritime authority sent two tugboats and one oil spill response vessel to assist with rescue operations.

No casualties or oil spill were reported from the incident, and investigations are ongoing to find out the cause of the fire.

The latest AIS information shows that the vessel has now moored at Cuxhaven.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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