Posted on March 19, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

A fire has broke out on Maersk Kensington, less than 2 weeks after a fire on board another Maersk ship killed 5 people.

Box ship Maersk Kensington was en route to Suez from Oman when the fire broke out in the cargo hold of the6,188 teu vessel. An alert was raised just before 2100 EST on Thursday 15th February.

The fire was contained using all of the vessel’s CO2 systems. All crew members are reported to be safe and accounted for.

The vessel is currently anchored outside the port of Salalah.

Maersk Line said the cause of the fire is unknown. “However, initial investigation indicate there is no link between the cargo in the cargo hold where the fire began on Maersk Kensington and the cargo in the cargo hold which caught fire on Maersk Honam on 6 March 2018,” it said.

The 2007-built, Maersk Kensington is part of the US-flagged Maersk Line Limited (MLL) fleet.

The vessel had 3,518 containers onboard.

The container fire comes less than two weeks after the a serious fire erupted on the Maersk Honam, leaving four dead, and another missing and believed dead. ARX Reported the vessel’s crew evacuated the Maersk Honam after they were unable to bring the blaze under control.

More on the fire onboard Maersk Honam here: www.arxmaritime.com

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