Container Fire

Postby WhiteWolfette » Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:15 pm

Hyundai ship fire under control

Updated 9:50 a.m. ET, Thu Mar 23, 2006

Efforts were continuing Thursday to extinguish a fire that continued to burn
aboard a Hyundai container ship in the Arabian Sea.

The blaze broke out Tuesday off Yemen on the 5,511-TEU Hyundai Fortune,
causing serious damage to the aft accommodation and cargo section.

Hyundai issued a statement today denying earlier wire reports that the
68,363-ton ship had sunk. "The vessel is stable and upright," the statement

They said firefighting was ongoing and that two salvage/fire-fighting tugs
were on the scene, with another expected to arrive tomorrow. The company
said the fire had been stopped from spreading and expects the fire to be out
by Friday .

The company said it plans to tow the vessel to the nearest port, and forward
the remaining cargo to its destinations.

The ship's 27 crewmembers were safely evacuated to Aden. The second officer
was injured slightly and has been hospitalized in Djibouti in good

The cause of the fire is not yet known, although the company said fireworks
may have been involved. Reports said the ship suffered a series of fires and
explosions, and photos from the scene showed extensive damage to the rear of
the ship.

The Panama-flagged ship is deployed on the AEX Westbound service, voyage
333W, which originated March 6 in Kwangyang, South Korea. It departed
Singapore March 15 with a scheduled call at Rotterdam March 30, according to
The Journal of Commerce Global Transport Analyzer. (See attached file:
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