Major fire on ro-ro Atlantic Cartier, Hamburg
Fire broke out on board of container / ro-ro vessel Atlantic Cartier, berthed in Hansa Hafen, Hamburg, at night May 1 13. Fire spread to car deck with some 70 cars already loaded for transportation to USA. Some 200 firefighters were engaged in firefighting, which was complicated by fears to make vessel unstable by utilizing too much water. Tug boats were cooling the vessel’s hull from the inside, while land teams were fighting the fire on board of the vessel. The fire was extinguished in the afternoon May 2, some 12 cars were destroyed, several containers with hazardous materials inside were offloaded during the firefighting.