- On March 9, The ship APL CAIRO of CMA-CGM Joint Stock Company suddenly caught fire on the sea of Vung Tau.
- On March 14, the fire was extinguished. 12 containers were burned, 38 containers were damaged due to the influence of temperature and water in the process of extinguishing the fire.
The ship APL CAIRO suddenly caught fire on the sea of Vung Tau
On March 9, the container ship APL CAIRO was on its way from Cat Lai port (Ho Chi Minh City) to Hong Kong (China). When passing through Binh Thuan province, fire suddenly broke out from the plywood containers at the bow of the ship. To prevent the fire from spreading, the captain steered the boat back to buoy No.0 off the coast of Vung Tau and asked for assistance.
Receiving the request for help, about 6 o’clock on the same day, the functional forces of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, the Maritime Administration of Ho Chi Minh City, the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center Area 3 have coordinated to take many measures to put out the fire.
Attempts to rescue the ship in distress
Upon approaching the scene, the functional forces determined that the fire originated from an area containing 19 containers at the bow of the ship, of which 12 had been burned. The rescue of the ship took place in harsh conditions, strong seas, fog, and no light at night. In addition, due to unsecured equipment, approaching the fire from above faced some difficulties. But thanks to the efforts of the rescue force, after more than a week, on March 14, the fire was completely extinguished.
On March 18, the authorities were still investigating the cause of the ship fire that damaged nearly 40 containers. However, the timely extinguishing of the fire also helped the APL CAIRO container ship and its owners minimize damage, protect the safety of the ship and crew, and limit pollute the environment.
Khanh Huyen Nguyen