The post-Panamax container vessel “E.R. Kobe”, managed by Zeaborn Ship Management, suffered a double fire on its way from Vietnam to China. Fortunately, no injury or environmental pollution is reported. Both times three containers caught fire on board.
Report of Zeaborn Ship Management about the “E.R. Kobe” accident:
On board the post-Panamax container vessel “E.R. Kobe” (5,700 TEU, built 2001) on its way from Haiphong (Vietnam) to Qingdao (China), a fire occurred on 13 February 2019 in three containers on deck loaded with charcoal.
The crew reacted quickly and prudent and brought the fire under control. The vessel was diverted to Hong Kong, where all containers concerned were safely unloaded under close supervision of a salvage company, local authorities and fire experts.
The vessel continued its journey towards China, when another three containers got on fire while approaching the port of Shanghai. Again, the fire could be extinguished due to the professional and effective actions taken by the crew.
At no time during the events there was any immediate risk for our valued seafarers or the vessel. No one was injured, crew are safe and there was no environmental pollution or any damage to the vessel at any time.
All remaining 43 containers loaded with charcoal have been safely discharged at Luhuashan. E.R. Kobe is currently waiting outside the port of Shanghai to continue her way with a revised schedule.
The detailed investigation of the cargo damage and the claims handling is ongoing. All actions are taken in close coordination with charterer, agents, P&I and Port Authorities.