Container ship YANTIAN EXPRESS fire UPDATE Jan 17

Latest HAPAG-LLOYD statement Jan 17:
MV “Yantian Express” (voyage 108E) – Update 3
Further to our CustomerInfo of January 10, 2019 we would like to provide you with following status update: The salvage operations show continuous progress.
The fire is widely contained and meanwhile the ocean-going tug “Union Sovereign” has arrived at the vessels position on January 15, 2019 to further assist the operations. Another ocean-going tug is on its way. At this time, it is not yet possible to make a precise estimate of any damage to Yantian Express or its cargo; this can only be more clearly assessed once the vessel reaches a port. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with an ETA at the moment; this will be advised as soon as determined.

Comment: There’s some progress in towage in general western direction, port of destination unclear. Towage seems to be too slow, though the weather isn’t bad or rough. Most probably, firefighting is still going on, making towage difficult or from time to time, impossible. Two tugs at work as of 1800 UTC Jan 17: UNION SOVEREIGN and MAERSK MOBILISER.
Full chronology: https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2019/24729/container-ship-yantian-express-fire-north-atlantic/

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