A fire has been reported in a below-deck container on board the U.S.-flag containership Maersk Kensington in the eastern Gulf of Aden, the second such incident to hit a Maersk Line vessel in recent weeks.
All crew are safe and the fire is contained, Maersk Line has confirmed.
On Thursday, 16 March 2018 at 20:50 EST, the crew of the Maersk Kensington reported a container fire in a cargo while en route from Salalah, Oman towards Suez, according to Maersk. All 26 crew members are safe and accounted for and the fire is reported to be contained.
The Maersk Kensington is owned and operated by Maersk’s U.S.-flag shipping subsidiary, Maersk Line, Limited (MLL).
“Safety measures were taken immediately. The crew reacted swiftly and as per procedure, by release of CO2 into the cargo hold to contain the fire,” Maersk Line said in a statement on the incident.
Maersk has put temporary restrictions on placing DG near LQ and E/R Casing:
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