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Update: cargo damaged in Hapag-Lloyd container fire

Fri 11 Jan 2019 by Rebecca Moore

Update: cargo damaged in Hapag-Lloyd container fire
Cargo has been damaged following a fire on Hapag-Lloyd's Yantian Express (credit: Hapag-Lloyd)

Following the news that a fire broke out on Hapag-Lloyd's Yantian Express, the carrier has said that cargo has been affected by the fire.

It said in a statement "Based on 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 one (Bays 1 to 9). Further, we have to expect that all cargo in Hold two (Bays 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."

It added tht all reefers in Bay 1 to 24 are without power and switched off, but that all other bays with reefers are supplied with power and in operation.

It added "As soon as the full extent of damage can be accurately determined, we will revert with further details."

This update comes on the back of news that the crew of Yantian Express had been successfully evacuated after a fire broke out in a container on the deck of the ship.

Hapag-Lloyd said in a statement that on 3 January, a fire broke out in one container on the deck of the Yantian Express and spread to additional containers. 

The 7,510-TEU Yantian Express, which is 320 m long and sails under German flag in the East Coast Loop 5 (EC5) service, was built in 2002 and was on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal. As of 6 January, the ship is approximately 800 nautical miles off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.

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