WATCH: Containership MV Amsterdam Bridge Catches Fire [UPDATED]

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September 10, 2012

UDPATE: Here is video of the MV Amsterdam Bridge on fire off the coast of India near Mumbai. Reports indicate that the fire has been contained.

Original: The Indian Coast Guard on Sunday responded to a container fire on board yet another German-owned boxship.

The 4,380 teu M/V Amsterdam Bridge was heading to Colombo, Sri Lanka from Mumbai with 20 crew members on board when the fire broke out at approximately 5 pm local time at Mumbai Harbor. According to an initial statement by Indian Coast Guard, the fire started in a container that was carrying HNS, or Hazardous and Noxious Substances.

Reports indicate that Coast Guard and firefighting vessels responded quickly and that there were no injuries reported. It is unclear at this point whether the fire has been fully extinguished and if damage is isolated to cargo holds or if the fire spread to the the superstructure of the ship.

The 2009-built MV Amsterdam Bridge is flagged in Antigua & Barbuda and operated by THIEN & HEYENGA Bereederungs of Hamburg, Germany.

The incident follows a similar fire on board another German-owned containership earlier this summer. In July, a container on board the MSC Flaminia erupted in flames resulting in fatalities, a fire that burned for days, and severe damage. Salvage of the MSC Flaminia has so far been plagued by delays, primarily because EU countries had refused to allow the vessel access to port.  Germany eventually stepped up and allowed the vessel to be towed to a sheltered area in territorial waters of the North Sea.

Look Familiar?

The German-owned AMSTERDAM BRIDGE on Sept. 9 near Mumbai. Image via
The German-owned MSC FLAMINIA on July 17 in the Atlantic Ocean. Image via REEDEREI NSB
MV Amsterdam Bridge on a good day. Photo: THIEN & HEYENGA Bereederungs
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