ABS Issues Guidance for Fighting Container Fires

International classification society the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published guidance to address fire-fighting and safety systems of cargo holds of containerships following a series of high-profile incidents. The guidance specifies the ABS requirements for addressing fire safety in four key areas, including fire-fighting for containers stowed on deck, … [Read more...]

Fire Breaks Out on Moored Tanker at Sture Oil Terminal in Norway

A fire broke out in the engine room of a tanker docked at Equinor's Sture Oil in Norway, leading to an evacuation of the terminal, the company confirmed in a statement. Equinor says its emergency response center received reports of a fire in the engine room of the moored tanker Dubai Harmony. The ship's captain has reported that all the 23 people aboard the ship have been … [Read more...]

Reports: K-Line Car Carrier on Fire in South China Sea

The K-Line car carrier Diamond Highway has been abandoned in the South China Sea after a fire broke out on board the vessel late Sunday night, according to reports.  A Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson confirmed to media that the Panamanian-flagged Diamond Highway caught fire as it was underway near Recto Bank (Reed Bank). The fire was first reported at around … [Read more...]

Crews Battling Blaze on APL Containership Off Vietnam

The Vietnamese Coast Guard and salvage teams are continuing to respond to a cargo fire onboard the 9,326 TEU containership APL Vancouver in the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam. Operator APL reported that the fire broke out in one of the cargo holds as the vessel was underway from Shekou, China to Singapore last Thursday, 31 January, at approximately 0430hrs. All … [Read more...]

Fire Contained on U.S.-Flagged Maersk Kensington in Gulf of Aden

A fire has been reported in a below-deck container on board the U.S.-flag containership Maersk Kensington in the eastern Gulf of Aden, the second such incident to hit a Maersk Line vessel in recent weeks.  All crew are safe and the fire is contained, Maersk Line has confirmed. On Thursday, 16 March 2018 at 20:50 EST, the crew of the Maersk Kensington reported a … [Read more...]