Rescue vessels make progress in fighting fire on Yantian Express

Rescue vessels SMIT Nicobar and Maersk Mobiliser were making progress fighting the fire aboard containership Yantian Express (IMO 9229831) off the Canadian east coast, co-ordinators of the salvage have said. The rescue vessels were using high-powered fire monitors to douse burning containers on the forward deck. SMIT Nicobar had arrived on January 4th and Maersk Mobiliser arrived on January 7th.

The firefighting operations were under the direction of Smit and in co-operation with the local crew and the emergency response team in Hapag-Lloyd’s Hamburg base.

Smoke continued to emanate from the ship, which was about 1,300km from Halifax.

The fire broke out on Thursday January 3rd in a container on deck and spread to some other containers on the vessel. The 7,519 teu ship was on its way from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Halifax in Nova Scotia via the Suez Canal, and was currently sailing at a slow speed around 650nm off the east coast of Canada. The cause of the fire has not yet been established and there is as yet no ETA for Halifax or any other port.

2002-built, Germany-flagged, 88,493 gt Yantian Express is owned and managed by Hapag-Lloyd of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Britannia Club on behalf of Hapag-Lloyd.