Coconut charcoal to have caused the fire on Yantian Express

The Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (BSU) published an investigation report concerning the fire in the area of the deck cargo on board the container ship YANTIAN EXPRESS on the Atlantic Ocean, identifying Coconut charcoal as the likely cause of last year’s fire.

Yantian Express begins cargo discharging

As Hapag-Lloyd confirmed, Yantian Express safely arrived at Halifax on May 20, 2019. Now, the ship is berthed at the terminal and has started discharging its cargo. The ship must also back load empty containers to achieve the necessary stability criteria to perform a safe passage to Asia where it will undergo permanent repairs.

Yantian Express departs Freeport heading to Nova Scotia

Hapag-Lloyd announced that the fire-stricken Yantian Express departed from Freeport, Bahamas, on the evening of May 2019. According to the company, the vessel sailed after ‘all necessary preparatory work could be successfully concluded’.

USCG clears Dublin Express to leave New York Container Terminal

The US Coast Guard allowed the Dublin Express to leave the New York Container Terminal in Staten Island, on April 5. The departure was approved following completion of repairs and cleaning of the vessel. The Unified Command, including state and federal agencies and the responsible party, will continue cleanup operations until all affected parts of the Arthur Kill Waterway are completely restored.

Yantian Express cargo still waits to be discharged

Ocean Network Express published an advisory release, according to which fire-stricken Yantian Express is still waiting to discharge the damaged containers, two weeks after arriving in Freeport, Bahamas. The vessel is expecting the port Authority to give the official approval to begin the discharge operations.

Yantian Express reaches Port of Freeport, Bahamas

The container ship Yantian Express that burst into flames on 3 January has reached the Port of Freeport, Bahamas. The ships is now waiting for clearance to enter the port, and then the recovery and assessment efforts of the cargo will begin. Cargo in the ship’s first 12 bays, and some of the cargo in the two holds beneath those bays, was impacted. However, a precise estimation of the damage is not possible at the moment.

Yantian Express to sail to the Port of Freeport, Bahamas

Hapag-Lloyd informed that after the fire onboard the container ship ‘Yantian Express’ was brought under control, the responsible salvage master from the company Smit decided to sail the vessel to the Port of Freeport, in Bahamas. Upon arrival, the recovery and assessment efforts of the cargo can continue in a safer environment.

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