Maersk Karachi Ablaze at Bremerhaven Port

The 300-meter container ship Maersk Karachi suffered a second accident at the German port of Bremerhaven when a fire broke out in one of its holds while it was reportedly undergoing welding repairs on May 22, the local daily NWZ Online reports.

Four tug boats and seventy fire fighters battled with the flames for eight hours before the fire was finally contained.

No one was injured in this incident, as the workers contracted to repair the Maersk Karachi had enough time to leave the ship.

The welders were reportedly working on the ship’s cargo hold which suffered damage after the last week’s accident when a crane boom collapsed and crashed onto the Maersk Karachi, killing a 52-year-old crane operator.

The unfortunate operator was loading and unloading the 6,674 TEU boxship when the boom collapsed and his gondola fell into the hold of the vessel. The Maersk Karachi and several containers aboard the ship had suffered damages and were in need of repairs.

The total extent of the damage is still unknown.

World Maritime News Staff




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