APL, operator of the container vessel APL Vancouver (115,060 dwt, built 2013) reports that a fire broke out in one of the cargo holds whilst the vessel was on passage from Shekou to Singapore on, 31 January at 0430hrs.
Emergency response procedures were immediately activated by the APL team.
The operator is in continuous contact with the vessel’s Master and local authorities to coordinate all necessary actions to ensure the fire is safely and promptly extinguished.
The situation is being closely monitored and relevant parties have been informed.
At about 0330 hours on Friday, the Vietnamese Coast Guard vessel CSB 8005 arrived at the APL Vancouver's position, and she is now coordinating with the boxship's crew for ongoing firefighting efforts. Commercial salvors have also been engaged and are en route to the site.
Video released by a local media shows scenes from the incident site: