Maersk Kensington was affected by a fire. Credit: Dietmar Hasenpusch
A second fire in 10 days on board a Maersk Line vessel was reported on Friday. Maersk Kensington, 6,188 teu, caught fire as it left Port of Salalah, Oman, on 15 March and is now at anchorage outside the port. All of the 26 crew have been evacuated and are safely ashore, Maersk told Fairplay.
Maersk Kensington is a US-flagged vessel operated by Maersk’s US subsidiary Maersk Line Limited. Itl was heading for Suez when it reported the fire shortly after leaving Salalah Port and the CO2firefighting system appears to have quelled the flames.
This latest fire comes 10 days after Maersk Honam also suffered a cargo fire, with the loss of four lives and one more person still missing, but thought to have died as toxic fumes spewed from the cargo stored in the forward part of the ship.
As a result of the Honam fire Maersk has introduced preliminary precautions, which include making sure that all hazardous cargo is not stored in the vicinity of either the accommodation block or the engine room, a Maersk representative said, adding, “These precautions were in place for the loading of Maesk Kensington.
According to Maersk, hazardous cargoes were also present on Kensington, but there is no link between the two fires.
Maersk Kensington, a 10-year old vessel, was built in the Hanjin Heavy Industries yard in Busan, South Korea. It had departed Jawaharlal Nehru Port in India on 11 March and had loaded more cargo in Oman before proceeding on its westward journey to the Mediterranean.
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