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Container ships collide and cause blaze

A fire has broken out on board two container ships after they collided at Port Klang in Malaysia.

A Marshall Islands-flagged vessel ‘San Felipe’ is alleged to have collided with the Malta-flagged ‘Al Riffa’ on October 28, 2014, according to IHS Maritime 360.

The 145,534 deadweight tonnage Al Riffa was moored alongside a terminal at Port Klang, and after it was supposedly hit, containers stacked on the forward sections of both vessels caught fire.

Fire services rushed to contain the blaze after being sharply notified of the incident, while several tugboats used seawater in an attempt to battle the flames.

Senior executives from the management of San Felipe have travelled to Malaysia from Singapore in an effort to resolve the situation.

(Source: Malay Mail)

The incident marks another ship collision after the recent crash involving Maersk in the Suez Canal, and another blaze after the fire at the Port of Los Angeles.

There were no casualties in the incident and investigations into the blaze continue.



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