Boxship APL AUSTRIA on fire, South Africa: UPDATE fire under control SAMSA

Feb 13 SAMSA statement:
“APL Austria was about 30 nautical miles south-west of Cape St Francis when the fire broke out on Feb 12. It was carrying several containers of hazardous cargo. None of them caught fire. The Harbour Master of the Port of Ngqura boarded the vessel after 04:00 on Feb 13 to make an assessment and advise the ship’s crew. Arrangements were being made to take the vessel into the Port of Ngqura, where firefighters were on standby. Fire has been brought under control”.

First news:
Containers on board of container ship APL AUSTRIA caught fire on Feb 13 or probably, earlier. Vessel arrived at Coega Anchorage, Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, early in the morning Feb 13, and understood to be brought to anchor. With daylight, local media reported fire on board, in midship section area, and published photos with two tugs pouring water over vessel. Later in the morning, it was decided to take vessel to port. At around 1100 LT vessel was berthed, firefighting still going on. As of 1400 LT, firefighting is still on, with at least three tugs and boats at APL AUSTRIA side, and with fire engines at berth. Vessel is deployed at Asia – West Africa Service. No information yet on number of containers on fire, character of cargo and how fire started. On photos APL AUSTRIA while on anchorage, on video she’s already in port.

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