Misdeclared shipment of shisha charcoal could have ignited Yantian Express fire
GERMANY's Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation has released a 73-page report probing the blaze that engulfed Hapag-Lloyd's 7,500-TEU Yantian Express containership one year ago while sailing to Montreal, Canada, damaging cargo
09 February 2020 - 19:00
The accident investigators have pinpointed a box taken on in Vietnam with a misdeclared cargo as the likely source of the fire. The burnt-out container was found to have coconut charcoal rather than the coconut pellets specified in the cargo documents, likely being exported to be used for shishas, reported Singapore's Splash 247.
Requests for further information about the cargo by German authorities to the forwarder and the consignee of the cargo have gone unanswered.
If transported in large quantities, the investigators found the substance can ignite at a temperature of below 50 degrees Celsius.
The fire on the ship raged for many days. A total of 662 boxes were damaged of which 320 were completely destroyed. No crew were injured during the blaze.
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