APL Le Havre fire sweeps through containers; crews scramble to contain the damage

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August 13, 2019 - Fire has swept through several containers aboard the APL Le Havre just days after carriers announced they would impose heavy fines on misdeclared dangerous goods.

The Ministry of Defence in Gujarat State said fire had forced a diversion of the 10,100 teu vessel on Friday night, after it left Karachi en route to Mumbai.

Reports claim six boxes were involved, with the Indian coastguard resorting to flooding the boxes after early efforts to tackle the blaze were hampered by heavy weather.

The fire was brought under control after four hours and the next task is to determine the damage caused to the 10,000 teu vessel. No injuries have been reported among the 26 crew members aboard the Singapore-flagged vessel, although APL has yet to release a statement on the incident.

BDP International is actively monitoring the situation surrounding the vessel fire and will continue to keep customers apprised of any updates as we receive them. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your local BDP representative. 

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Source: The Loadstar