Fire Brought Under Control on APL Vancouver Off Vietnam

APL Vancouver fire
A photo of the damage shared by APL. Photo credit: APL

The cargo fire onboard the containership APL Vancouver has been brought under control off the coast of Vietnam, APL said in an emailed update on Wednesday.

The fire broke out in one of the cargo holds of 9,300 TEU APL Vancouver as the ship was underway in the South China Sea from Shekou, China to Singapore last Thursday, 31 January.

An update from APL on Wednesday said the situation on board the vessel is “progressing favourably” and “under control”.

“Shore support and firefighting tugs have been deployed under the oversight and assistance of a Vietnamese coast guard vessel on site. Additional resources, including equipment, external specialised firefighter teams and salvage master have been mobilised,” the update said.

All crew members on board are reported safe.

“APL is in continuous contact with the vessel’s Master and local authorities to coordinate all necessary actions,” the update added.

APL added that it will continue to closely monitor the situation.