Burning Car Carrier Abandoned off Philippine Coast

A car carrier that caught fire off the coast of the Philippines was abandoned near Reed Bank on June 17, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The ship in question is the Diamond Highway, operated by Japanese shipping company K Line.

It was en route to Batangas when the fire occurred in the late evening hours of June 16.

The car carrier’s 25 crew were rescued by Thailand-bound bulk carrier Canupos Leader.

Owned by Diamond Car Carriers, the 19,100 dwt Diamond Highway was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2004, VesselsValue shows.

A patrol vessel has been deployed to put out the fire, according to the PCG. In a social media update on June 18, the coast guard said the fire fighting efforts were still ongoing while the cause of the investigation was under investigation.

World Maritime News Staff

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