Yantian Express fire damaged containers unloaded

Fire damaged containers from the Yantian Express have been unloaded, but it remains unclear where the remaining undamaged cargo will be unloaded.

Nearly three months after a blaze erupted on the Hapag-Lloyd containership Yantian Express the damaged cargo containers from holds one and two, both above and below deck, have been unloaded in Freeport, the Bahamas, according to alliance partner Ocean Network Express (ONE).

“All customers whose containers have been discharged and are ready for on-carriage have already been informed, and we are currently working on a solution to transship those containers, which cannot be reloaded back on the vessel,” ONE said in a customer advisory.

Undamaged cargo remains on board the vessel, which is to undergo repairs, before sailing to an as yet unspecified port to unload the cargo.

“The final port of call for the vessel is still to be nominated and we will advise further on this aspect as soon as feasible,” ONE said.

Read more: Fire hit Yantian Express sailing to Freeport, Bahamas

The Yantian Express was hit by a fire starting in a single container, on 3 January in the Atlantic, the blaze spread to other boxes and the crew was forced to abandon the vessel with it taking a week to largely contain and bring the blaze under control.

Posted 28 March 2019

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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