The Maersk Kampala, adrift south of the Suez Canal, for a third day was still fighting a fire that broke out in two containers in the foremost bays on its deck.
The fire began at approximately 21:00 on Aug. 28 while the vessel was heading north towards the Suez Canal.
Maersk Line said all crew are accounted for. No injuries were reported, and communication with the vessel is ongoing. The vessel is fully maneuverable.
Tug boats with fire-fighting capability remain on the scene fighting the fire. An additional fire-fighting team was expected to arrive to help with the effort.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Al-Ahram Arabic news Web site reports that 1,600 out of 4,000 containers onboard have been affected, with losses of up to $150 million, though Maersk Line has not confirmed this.
The Maersk Kampala, which was built in 2001 as the P&O Nedlloyd Houtman, has a nominal capacity of 7,070 20-foot-equivalent units.
Maersk Line can confirm that the Maersk Kampala is presently fighting a fire in two containers within the foremost bays on deck. The vessel is fully maneuverable but drifting south of the Suez Canal. All crew are accounted for and no injuries reported and communication with the vessel is ongoing. Tug boats with fire-fighting capability are on the scene fighting the fire. In addition, a fire fighting team will arrive this evening to provide further assistance. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.