“Further developments of the situation on the Yantian Express are being monitored closely, and the firefighting efforts with the salvage tug are ongoing,” said Hapag-Lloyd on Sunday.
A fire broke out Thursday aboard the Yantian Express, a 7,510-TEU containership operated by Hapag-Lloyd.
The fire started in one container on the vessel’s deck and then spread to additional containers when the vessel was en route to Halifax, Nova Scotia in eastern Canada from Colombo, Sri Lanka via the Suez Canal. The vessel is about 650 nautical miles off the coast of Canada, Hapag-Lloyd said in a press release Friday.
The vessel’s crew of eight officers and 15 seafarers were unharmed.
“Efforts to extinguish the fire in the containers were launched immediately but have had to be suspended for the time being due to a significant deterioration of weather conditions,” Hapag-Lloyd’s press release said.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Saturday reported a firefighting tugboat arrived Friday evening to help extinguish the fire, but weather conditions were still too poor for the crew to carry out its work."
The Yantian Express is deployed on THE Alliance’s EC5 service. THE Alliance consists of Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming and the Ocean Network Express (ONE).
BlueWater Reporting shows this loop deploys 11 vessels with an average vessel size of 6,568 TEUs and has a rotation of Laem Chabang, Cai Mep, Singapore, Colombo, Halifax, New York, Savannah, Jacksonville, Norfolk, Halifax, Dubai, Singapore and Laem Chabang. ONE provides five of the vessels, while Yang Ming provides four of the vessels and Hapag-Lloyd provides two of the vessels.
“It is still too early to make a precise estimate of any damage to the vessel or its cargo,” Hapag-Lloyd’s press release said, adding that it “is closely cooperating with all relevant authorities.”