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Fire breaks out on second Maersk ship

[ March 16, 2018   //   ]

A fire has broken out in another Maersk ship, just days after the fatal fire on the 15,262teu Maersk Honam en route from Singapore to Suez on 6 March.

In the latest incident, a fire broke out in container underdeck on board the Maersk Kensington. However, all 26 crew are reported safe and the fire has been contained

The 2007-built 6,188teu vessel, which was carrying 3,518 containers and was operated under the US flag by US subsidiary Maersk Line Limited, was en route from Salalah, Oman, towards Suez. All 26 crew members are safe and accounted for and the fire is reported to be contained, with the ship now at anchor outside the port of Salalah

The crew reacted swiftly and as per procedure, by releasing CO2 into the cargo hold, said Maersk.

The cause of the container fire is currently unknown,but initial investigations indicate there is no link with the Maersk Honam fire.

Maersk Kensington is, and is getting assistance from shore. The vessel is carrying 3518 containers (corresponding to 5616 TEU). In case of cargo delays all impacted customers will be contacted directly.

Maersk Kensington was built in 2007. It has a nominal capacity of 6188 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit), and sails under U.S. flag.