maersk kampala fire

Maersk Kampala on fire 2 Sept 2013, image courtesy Ryan Lee Bowes,

Maersk Line reports this morning that the fire on board the Maersk Kampala has finally been put out by the onboard fire-fighting teams with support from fire-fighting tugs.

In a statement on their website, Maersk Line notes, “Some smoke continues to come from some of the containers that had fire but will stop eventually with continued spraying by the tugs and flooding by the fire-fighting teams. Operational planning is now the priority, including port selection, contingency planning for cargo as well as the vessel’s eventual return to service.”

The fire started in one of the ship’s forward cargo bays on August 29th while the ship was just south of the Suez Canal and over the next few days, the ship’s crew was able to contain the flames within the forward two cargo holds.

No reports are yet available regarding the extend of the cargo damage in the affected area.

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