The wood chip carrier Iris Express caught fire at the Port of Cai Lan, Vietnam. The vessel was docked at the port and loading wood chips with destination for Japan, when the fire erupted in the superstructure after short circuit of personal appliance. The crew reacted immediately and started firefighting. The local authorities were also informed about the fire and at the scene were sent shore teams to assist with extinguishing the flames. Fortunately the fire was liquidated before reaching the cargo area and affect the highly inflammable cargo. The extent of damages of wood chip carrier Iris Express are yet unknown, but the inspectors boarded the vessel to assess them, and to following safety inspection.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. There are no reports about injured people and water pollution. The vessel was detained at the port for further special survey.
The wood chip carrier Iris Express (IMO: 8908777) has overall length of 200.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 9.90 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 43,003 DWT and the gross tonnage is 39,145 GRT. The ship was built in 1990 by Tsuneishi Tadotsu Factory in Japan.
Comment from the author: There was an error initially, mentioning that MSI Shipmanagement is the manager of the vessel. The information was not correct and send latest regrets to the owner and manager.