MAERSK Line has updated the information regarding the fire in 2 containers aboard the container ship Maersk Kampala. According to the latest information, Maersk Kampala, located south of the Suez Canal, continues to fight a fire in 2 containers in the foremost bays on the deck onboard. The fire took place at nearly 9 p.m. on 28th of August, 2013 while the container ship was heading north towards the Suez Canal.
All crew members onboard the Maersk Kampala are accounted for, no injuries reported and communication with the container carrier is ongoing. Tug vessels with fire-fighting capabilities remain on the scene fighting the fire.
The fire onboard Maersk Kampala originated in 1 container at the bottom of a stack before spreading to a 2nd container. Until 31st of August late morning, weather conditions prevented fire fighting tug vessels from getting close enough to have maximum effect to extinguish it. As a result the fire in 2 containers on Maerks Kampala spread to several more containers but was contained in the 2 foremost bays. However, on 1st of September weather improved and fire fighting tug vessels on scene have been able to continue soaking the zone and have coped to reduce the number of containers still with fire to 6, all contained in the same bays.
Importantly, the fire fighting squad onboard Maersk Kampala is also now well into the process of extinguishing the fire inside containers by cutting open the hot containers as well as those nearby and flooding them with water. To speed up this process, an additional fire fighting team is going to come aboard on evening on 2nd of September. Updates are going to be provided as soon as new information becomes available.