Burning Car Carrier Abandoned off Philippine Coast

A car carrier that caught fire off the coast of the Philippines was abandoned near Reed Bank on June 17, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

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The ship in question is the Diamond Highway, operated by Japanese shipping company K Line.

It was en route to Batangas when the fire occurred in the late evening hours of June 16.

The car carrier’s 25 crew were rescued by Thailand-bound bulk carrier Canupos Leader.

Owned by Diamond Car Carriers, the 19,100 dwt Diamond Highway was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2004, VesselsValue shows.

A patrol vessel has been deployed to put out the fire, according to the PCG. In a social media update on June 18, the coast guard said the fire fighting efforts were still ongoing while the cause of the investigation was under investigation.

World Maritime News Staff