APL Vancouver Cleared to Continue Its Voyage

APL VancouverImage Courtesy: APL

The fire-stricken containership APL Vancouver was cleared for departure on February 12 and is on its way to Singapore.

The ship’s operator APL said that the 2013-built vessel continued the voyage following inspections by the salvage team and class surveyor.

APL added that additional safety measures have been provided for its voyage to Singapore, including an escort tug.

“The incident on board the vessel has been brought to an end with swift emergency response by its crew and immediate salvage operations that were activated.”

“All crew onboard has remained safe and no pollution has resulted from the situation.”

A full investigation will be undertaken to determine the cause of the incident on the 115,060 dwt boxship, the operator informed.

The Singapore-flagged vessel suffered fire in the early morning hours of January 31, while it was sailing from Shekou to Singapore. APL Vancouver was being attended by the Vietnamese Maritime Rescue Coordinating Center, fire fighters, firefighting tugs and a salvage master.

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