Container ship fire, probably major, New Zealand Update fire out
Sep 24: A fire on a ship at Port of Tauranga is out and burnt timber is being removed from the ship's hold. Northern Fire Communications shift manager Colin Underdown said dressed timber was stacked 30m high in a hold of the ship. When firefighters opened the hold, the fire was out and only the top layer of the timber was burnt. Firefighters were working with stevedores to remove the burnt timber, he said. Fire and Emergency NZ had scaled down operations, with just two trucks remaining at the scene by Sunday afternoon. No one on the ship was injured. The vessel is a multi-purpose one, capable of carrying containers and break bulk cargo.
Sep 23 news: Fire erupted in cargo hold of container ship KOKOPO CHIEF, berthed at Tauranga, New Zealand, in the morning Sep 23, at around 0100 LT. CO2 fire suppressing system was activated, 9 fire engines were deployed initially, Fire Department officials said they asked for more engines, to be sent from Rotorua.
Fire seems to be major, firefighters in breathing apparatus were working to enter an adjacent ship to investigate "heat transfer", wrote Stuff.co.nz.