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Crew evacuated from Hapag-Lloyd's Yantian Express, on fire off Halifax

ALL 23 crew members have been evacuated from Hapag-Lloyd's 7,510 TEU Yantian Express, which has been on fire since last Thursday off the coast of Halifax, Canada

Crew evacuated from Hapag-Lloyd's Yantian Express, on fire off Halifax

ALL 23 crew members have been evacuated from Hapag-Lloyd's 7,510 TEU Yantian Express, which has been on fire since last Thursday off the coast of Halifax, Canada

07 January 2019 - 19:00

ALL 23 crew members have been evacuated from Hapag-Lloyd's 7,510 TEU Yantian Express, which has been on fire since last Thursday off the coast of Halifax, Canada.

The 320-metre container ship was travelling from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Halifax when a fire started inside a container on the ship's forward deck.



While heavy winds at sea over the past couple of days prevented extinguishing efforts, Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup said weather conditions were favourable enough Sunday afternoon to battle the blaze - though he said the skies may take a turn later on in the evening.



The crew was moved to the Smit Nicobar, an offshore support tug from Belgium that arrived on the scene, which is equipped with fire monitors to provide ongoing firefighting support.



Mr Canup said another tug, the Maersk Mobiliser from Newfoundland, was aslo expected to arrive late Sunday evening, though he was unable to say how long it will take for it to tow the vessel to Halifax.



'The coast guard is continuing to monitor and co-ordinate efforts to help with the situation,' Mr Canup said, adding that there is no further information on the status of the fire.



A spokesman for Hapag-Lloyd, Tim Seifert, said it was still too early to assess damage to the ship or cargo.



'Despite the ongoing firefighting support from the salvage tug Smit Nicobar, the fire has not been extinguished yet,' said Mr Seifert. 'Further developments of the situation on the Yantian Express are being monitored closely, and the firefighting efforts with the salvage tug are ongoing.'



He said Hapag-Lloyd is working in 'close cooperation with all relevant authorities.'


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