Fire breaks out on APL container ship

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The Vietnamese Coast Guard is responding to a cargo fire aboard the container ship APL Vancouver off Vung Ro, Vietnam. It is the latest in a series of container ship cargo fires in recent years, including the well-publicized incidents aboard the Yantian Express, Maersk Honam, Maersk Kensington, Wan Hai 307, MSC Flaminia and MSC Daniela.

According to operator APL, the fire started in one of the Vancouver's cargo bays at about 0430 hours on Thursday morning. Video from the scene indicates that the blaze is centered on a container stack located just forward of the accommodations block. 

Source: The Maritime Executive

BDP International is actively monitoring the situation and will be in touch with customers who may have cargo affected by the incident. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your local BDP representative.

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