Yantian Express fire brought under control

A week after a fire broke out in a container on 7,500 teu Yantian Express (IMO 9229831), the conflagration has been brought under control, operator Hapag-Lloyd has said. Salvors were using three tugs to tow the stricken vessel 800nm to its original planned destination of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Hamburg, Germany-based Hapag-Lloyd told clients that all the cargo in bay 12 on deck and forward had been affected by the fire, as well as all cargo in hold one, from bay one to nine. All of the cargo in hold two, which contained bays 11 to 17, had been affected by fire, smoke and/or damage caused by firefighting water. The company warned that damage from any or all of the previously mentioned causes was possible in adjacent areas.

It was also reported that all reefers in bay one to 24 were without power and switched off.

Hapag-Lloyd assured clients that it was “working hard on getting more detailed information on your cargo and will share this with you as soon as possible”.

The company stated that “on January 3rd a fire broke out in one container on the deck of the Yantian Express and spread to additional containers”. Efforts to extinguish the fire had made “continuous progress” under the direction of the salvage company Smit in cooperation with the Hapag-Lloyd crew on the scene, as well as Hapag-Lloyd’s emergency-response team in Hamburg. These combined efforts had made the fire largely contained and under control.

Hapag-Lloyd noted that last Wednesday evening a Hapag-Lloyd crew of five transferred back from ocean-going tug Smit Nicobar to the Yantian Express, which was being towed at a slow speed by the Maersk Mobiliser. A third ocean-going tug was expected to arrive to assist on Sunday January 13th.

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.