As of Friday morning, the Yantian Express was about 1,250 nautical miles from the Bahamas and is expected to arrive in Freeport next week, Hapag-Lloyd said.
Hapag-Lloyd said the containership is sailing under its own power with a tug escort.
“It is still not possible to make a precise estimate of any damage to the Yantian Express or its cargo. Hapag-Lloyd is working in close cooperation with all relevant authorities,” the ocean liner said.
The 7,510-TEU Yantian Express was on its way from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Halifax, Nova Scotia via the Suez Canal when a fire broke out in one container on the deck of the ship and then spread to additional containers.
All 23 crew members were evacuated the next day, and no injuries were reported.
In a notice to customers on Jan. 10, Hapag-Lloyd said, “Based on the currently available information, we have to assume that all cargo in Bay 12 on deck and forward is directly affected by the fire, also all cargo in Hold 1 (Bay 1 to 9). Further, we have to expect that all cargo in Hold 2 (Bay 11 to 17) is affected by fire, smoke and/or damage caused by firefighting water. Damage caused by smoke, heat and/or firefighting water in adjacent areas is possible.”
Hapag-Lloyd said the blaze was largely contained and brought under control a week after firefighting efforts began.