Update: Fire Out on Ship at Jebel Ali Port
There are reports of a large explosion and fire at the Jebel Ali Port in Dubai.
The government reports the fire started in a container onboard a ship docked at the port.
“A Dubai Civil Defense team is working to put out the blaze,” Dubai’s Media Office said in a tweet confirming the accident.
Photos and video posted online reportedly show the initial explosion and some of the aftermath:
“The fire is under control and there are no deaths or injuries as a result of the accident at Jebel Ali Port,” the government said in an update. It also posted a video showing a fire in the forward section of small containership.
The ship involved appears to be the MV Ocean Trader, a 90-meter containership registered in Comoros. AIS ship tracking data shows the Ocean Trader had docked at the port earlier in the day on Wednesday. The UAE government has since confirmed the ship as the Ocean Trader.
Jebel Ali Port authorities: “We are taking all necessary measures to ensure the normal movement of ships in the port continues without any disruption.”
This is a breaking story. Check back for updates…
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