Denmark based global shipping company Maersk Line’s container ship ‘Maersk Vilnius’ suffered a fire in the engine room near Guadeloupe, France, while en route to Port Elizabeth
2010 built 1,810 TEU container ship ‘Maersk Vilnius’ disabled after suffering from an engine room fire in the morning of April 26, 2020, in the Caribbean east of Guadeloupe, France, while en route from Freeport Bahamas to Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
According to Maersk spokesperson, “All crew members, 22, are safe and accounted for and there has been no propulsion power.”
Furthermore, “Required firefighting measures were promptly taken by vessel’s crew and the fire is currently under control. The extent of damage is currently unknown and is being assessed taking under consideration our priority protocols to safeguard our crew.”
Company is in contact with the French Coast Guard, for the safety and health of the onboard crew, as being a top priority.
The DP2-rated anchor handler ‘ALP Defender’ (IMO: 9737242, built 2017) was contracted in Trinidad to assist the disabled container ship.
The tug was expected to reach the container ship and commence towage to an unknown destination as of April 29
Two years ago in March 2018, Major fire erupted on board of ULCS MAERSK HONAM in the Arabian Sea, claiming 1 Dead and 4 missing crew nationalities: 3 Filipino and 1 Indian.
Just after few days after the Maersk Honam fire, Maersk Line reported one more minor fire on board of one of its’ container ships, ‘Maersk Kensington’. Fire Occurred in a container while Ship was en route from Salalah Oman to Suez. Container which caught fire was in hold and crew activate CO2 to extinguish the fire