The fire on board of the container ship APL Austria was completed extinguished. The cargo hold, where the fire originated, was filled with water to extinguish the flames in the burning containers. Currently the cargo hold is full with water with height 12.00 m, which is equivalent to four containers, and now the authorities and firefighters are pumping out the water from the flooded compartment. The international specialists, hired by the company operator, will assess the damages of the container carrier, but ship’s construction and hull were not affected by the fire, as it confined to only one section of its hull. However, the ship will remain in South African port during further inspections and safety survey.
Earlier at the scene of the burning ship were sent international hazardous fire expert from London and five fire technicians from Austria, who should assess the fire and estimated if there is any danger for the hazardous materials on board.
Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no reported pollution. The local authorities are investigation the root cause of the fire.
The container ship APL Austria (IMO: 9444285) has overall length of 293.20 m, beam of 40.00 m and draft of 14.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 72,807 DWT, the gross tonnage is 71,867 GRT and maximum capacity for 6,350 TEU. The container ship APL Austria was built in 2007 by Koyo Dockyard.
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Boxship APL Austria caught fire in Algoa Bay off Port Elizabeth, South Africa [13/02]