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HAMBURG: January 10, 2019. A fire that broke out on Hapag-Lloyd’s Yantian Express container vessel on January 03 is now under control.

Yantian ExpressThe fire began in one container on the deck of the ship (pictured) and spread to additional containers. Since then efforts to put out the fire have continued under the direction of the salvage company Smit, the Hapag-Lloyd crew on the scene and the company’s emergency-response team in Hamburg. As a result, the fire is now “largely contained” and under control.

On January 09, a Hapag-Lloyd crew of five safely transferred back from the ocean-going tug Smit Nicobar to the Yantian Express that is currently being towed at a slow speed by the Maersk Mobiliser support vessel, some 800 nautical miles off the coast of Canada. A third ocean-going tug is on its way to the ship and is expected to provide additional support on January 13.

The company says it is not possible to make a precise estimate of any damage to the vessel or its cargo as it continues to work “in close cooperation with all relevant authorities”.

The 7,510 TEU containership, which is 320 meters long and sails under German flag in the East Coast Loop 5 (EC5) service, was built in 2002 and was on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal.

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