The APL Le Havre has suffered a fire off the coast of India.
The fire, which has been reported by vessel tracking service FleetMon and other websites, was initially reported on August 9. The Le Havre has a capacity of 10,106 TEU and is a relatively new vessel, built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2012.
Though the incident has been described as a “massive fire” by some news outlets, there are no reports of any injuries. It is now being reported that four containers were on fire in the area behind the vessel accommodation. The Indian Coast Guard attempted to assist with fire fighting from one of its vessels, but was prevented by heavy seas.
Indian website dailyhunt reports that the fire was eventually brought under control by the ship’s crew, who were advised by the Coast Guard to drill holes in the containers and pour water inside. Once the fire was under control the vessel proceeded to anchor of Mundra.
The cause of the fire is not known at this point. However, if it is another incident involving miss-declared cargo the industry will be under increasing pressure to address this issue with stronger measures. On August 7 Hapag-Lloyd announced it will implement a penalty of US$15,000 per container for “mis-declaration of hazardous cargoes prior to shipment.” This and other moves have been welcomed by the TT Club.