A fire in deck containers stowed forward of the house on the 8,000 TEU containership, Charlotte Maersk, is reported to be contained. The fire broke out on Wednesday as the ship was passing through the Straits of Malacca bound for Oman. The ship is currently anchored off the Malaysian coast. All crew are reported to be safe and unharmed.
A company spokesperson said, however, that they were not certain when the fire, now in its second day, would be put out entirely.
Maersk spokesman Michael Christian Storgaard said the ship’s crew and crews from nearby ships were working to cool containers surrounding the fire in order to prevent it from spreading.