HAMBURG: January 25, 2019. UPDATE: A fire that broke out on Hapag-Lloyd’s Yantian Express container vessel on January 03 is now under control.

According to a statement today from the shipping line, the master from Dutch salvage company Smit has decided to sail the vessel to the Port of Freeport, Bahamas in order to determine the damage and recover the cargo. The containership is approximately 1,250 nautical miles from the Bahamas and is expected to arrive in Freeport next week under its own power and accompanied by tugs.

Yantian ExpressThe fire began in one container on the deck of the ship (pictured) and spread to additional containers. Since then efforts to put out the fire continued under the direction of Smit, the Hapag-Lloyd crew on the scene and the company’s emergency-response team in Hamburg.

On January 09, a Hapag-Lloyd crew of five safely transferred back from the ocean-going tug Smit Nicobar to the vessel.

The company says it is not possible to make a precise estimate of any damage to the vessel or its cargo as it continues to work “in close cooperation with all relevant authorities”.

The 7,510 TEU containership, which is 320 meters long and sails under German flag in the East Coast Loop 5 (EC5) service, was built in 2002 and was on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal.