Posted on August 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted on board the Singapore-flagged, New Panamax-class Container Ship, APL LE HAVRE during the evening hours of August 9th while the vessel was transiting off Gujarat Coast, India.
The incident occurred at approximately 19:15 on Friday, some 40 nautical miles southwest of Porbandar in the Arabian Sea.
Reportedly, at least 6 containers located in the aft section near the accommodation block caught on fire.
The Indian Coast Guard was immediately called in to assist the distressed vessel, but adverse weather conditions in the area made external firefighting efforts difficult.
In the meantime, the Container Ship was advised by the firefighting team to drill holes in the affected containers and fill them with water so as to combat the fire.
Thankfully, the fire was successfully brought under control after four hours of intense fire-fighting efforts and was then escorted to the Port Mundra outer anchorage.
The vessel arrived at the anchorage at approximately 10:30 in the evening. The local port authority and security agencies then proceeded to board the vessel in order to check the status of the ship.
Initial reports suggest that no crew members were harmed during the fire, but we don’t currently know the extent of the damages on the vessel. Reportedly, the ship’s stability remains unaffected.
The vessel is planning to enter Mundra harbour in order to undergo a more thorough damage assessment and so that ncessary repairs can take place.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic