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Boxes catch fire mid-Atlantic on Hapag-Lloyd's 7,510-TEUer

FIRE broke out in one container aboard Hapag-Lloyd's 7,510-TEU Yantian Express in the mid Atlantic 650 nautical miles east of Canada and spread to other containers, the company said

06 January 2019 - 19:00

FIRE broke out in one container aboard Hapag-Lloyd's 7,510-TEU Yantian Express in the mid Atlantic 650 nautical miles east of Canada and spread to other containers, the company said.

'It is still too early to make a precise estimate of any damage to the vessel or its cargo. Hapag-Lloyd is closely cooperating with all relevant authorities,' said the company statement.



The 23-man crew were unharmed. Efforts to extinguish the fire in the containers were suspended in heavy weather, said the press release from the German shipping giant.



The German-flagged vessel was in the East Coast Loop 5 (EC5) service, on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal.


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