A fire broke out on the container vessel APL Vancouver, in one of its cargo holds, on January 31. At that time, the vessel was on passage from Shekou to Singapore. Emergency response procedures were activated, while local authorities coordinate all necessary actions to ensure the fire is extinguished. However, there were reports that fire was ongoing for a long time, with all the crewmembers being safe.
Shore support and firefighting tugs were deployed under the oversight and assistance of a Vietnamese coast guard vessel on site. Additional resources, including equipment, external specialised firefighter teams and salvage master were also mobilised.
The fire started in one of the ship's cargo bays, with video from the scene showing that the fire is located on a container stack just forward of the accommodations block.
All crew on board remain safe, while APL is in continuous contact with the vessel’s Master and local authorities to coordinate all necessary actions.
The situation will continue to be closely monitored