Operations in Antwerp resume after container fire

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A container fire at MPET in Antwerp on Sunday has suspended terminal operations and imposed a navigation ban, following recent disruptions from an oil leak.

New information:

Operations at Deurganckdok’s MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) and DP World Antwerp Gateway container terminals resumed Monday morning after a container with yellow phosphorus caught fire Sunday evening, prompting precautionary measures like suspending activities at Kaai 1742, Kaai 1718, and Antwerp Gateway terminal, and temporarily halting shipping traffic.

MPET has been again fully operational since 8 am Monday and all shipping traffic has resumed.

One ship was evacuated, and Antwerp’s fire brigade, aided by drones, assessed the situation.

The phosphorus container was stabilised and moved to safety.

BASF experts assisted, and investigations are ongoing into the cause of the fire, which remains unclear.

Source: Flows.be

Previously reported:

A fire broke out in a container at the MPET in Antwerp on Sunday evening. Although the fire is now under control, preventive measures remain in place. Terminal operations are currently suspended, and a navigation ban is in effect.

Following severe disruptions at MPET earlier this month due to an oil leak, operations were halted again on Sunday evening due to a container fire. Various sources indicate that a container carrying the highly flammable phosphorus product caught fire.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

As a precaution, activities at the Antwerp Gateway terminal were also suspended.

Initial reports mention that a ship was preventively towed away.

Smoke was reportedly observed near the affected container earlier on Sunday afternoon, but the situation was deemed safe shortly afterwards. Emergency services are currently on the scene with the necessary equipment.

Source: Flows.be

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