APL post-panamax container ship fire, South China sea UPDATE
Container ship APL VANCOUVER has fire on board, in containers on cargo deck, fire started on Jan 31 or earlier. The ship en route from Shenzhen to Singapore had to interrupt voyage and head to Vietnam waters, sailing to small Vung Ro Bay in Phu Yen Province. It is not clear yet, but most probably, she was brought to anchor, in the afternoon Jan 31. Vietnamese Coast Guard SAR ship CSB 8005 approached APL VANCOUVER in the afternoon Feb 1 and started firefighting. Understood salvage company already contracted. No injures reported.
UPDATE Company press release Friday, February 01, 2019: APL, operator of the container vessel APL Vancouver (115,060 dwt, built 2013) reports that a fire broke out in one of the cargo holds whilst the vessel was on passage from Shekou to Singapore on, 31 January at 0430hrs. Emergency response procedures were immediately activated by the APL team.
Container ship APL VANCOUVER, IMO 9597472, dwt 115060, capacity 9600 TEU, built 2013, flag Singapore, manager APL.
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Two crew died on board of MOL chip carrier inhaling toxic cargo fumes
Two crew, both of Myanmar nationality, died after inhaling toxic fumes from cargo hold of a wood chip carrier GREEN WORLD, at Merak Port, Cilegon city, Java Indonesia, Sunda Strait. The ship berthed in the morning Feb 1 with cargo of wooden chips or pulp. Deck crew opened hatch of one hold, and lost consciousness, at around 0500 LT. They died either on board or in the hospital. Investigation launched. Wood chips carrier GREEN WORLD, IMO 9134177, dwt 49673, built 1996, flag Panama, manager MOL (EQUASIS).