Posted on January 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Hapag-Lloyd has issued another statement on January 17th, as to the container fire that still rages onboard the Yantian Express.
"Further to our Customer Info of January 10, 2019 we would like to provide you with following status update:
The salvage operations show continuous progress.
The fire is widely contained and meanwhile the ocean-going tug “Union Sovereign” has arrived at the vessels position on January 15, 2019 to further assist the operations. Another ocean-going tug is on its way.
At this time, it is not yet possible to make a precise estimate of any damage to Yantian Express or its cargo; this can only be more clearly assessed once the vessel reaches a port.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with an ETA at the moment; this will be advised as soon as determined.
We regret any inconvenience caused by this incident and shall keep you closely informed on actual development of the rescue operation and further proceedings."
The fire that originally broke out on January the 3rd onboard the Yantian Express only now shows signs of stopping, more than two weeks after the fact. The crew of the vessel, all Filipino nationals, were taken to Halifax, where they met with the members of the local Filipino community who provided them with food and other necessities, before being flown back to the Philippines.