This week, a fire broke out in a container on board the Hapag-Lloyd vessel Yantian Express and spread to other containers on the deck of the ship, writes the company in a press release.
Yantian Express was on its way from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Halifax, Canada, via the Suez Canal, when the container suddenly caught fire.
The crew immediately launched efforts to extinguish the fire but had to suspend the activities due to bad weather conditions. According to Hapag-Lloyd, it is too early to make a precise estimate of the damage to the vessel and its cargo. The vessel is currently located off the coast of Canada.
The crew, consisting of eight officers and 15 seafarers, is reported unharmed.
Yantian Express is 320 meters long, sails under German flag and has a capacity of 7,510 TEU.
English Edit: Ida Løjmand