Fire Breaks Out on APL Container Ship


CMA CGM-owned ocean carrier APL has revealed that a fire has broken out on one its container vessels in a situation that emerged on January 31, 2019.

The APL Vancouver, a cargo ship built in 2013, was travelling from Shekou to Singapore when the fire began at 04.30, following which emergency response procedures were immediately activated.

The shipping company provided an update on February 5 that the situation on board is “progressing favourably”, the operator in continuous contact with the vessel’s master and local authorities to ensure the blaze is extinguished as safely and quickly as possible.



According to a statement from APL, shore support and firefighting tugs have been deployed under the oversight and assistance of the Vietnamese coastguard.

Additional resources, equipment and specialized firefighter teams have also been mobilized to resolve the problem, as well as a salvage master.

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All of the crew on board APL’s vessel have been recorded as safe since the fire first broke out, although a cause for the incident is yet to be confirmed.

No confirmation has been given as to the number of containers on board that were affected, with the condition of the ship’s cargo still unknown.

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