Fire-damaged box ship now berthed at Oakland

NYK Delphinus, the fire damaged container ship has arrived at Oakland under tow.

Reports from US Coast Guard advise that the NYK Delphinus arrived at Oakland Terminal Berth 22 at approximately 1900 local time yesterday.

The vessel had been taken under tow on Sunday after a fire was reported in the engine room on Friday 14 May. Firefighting teams boarded the Delphinus Sunday evening, verified the engine room fire was extinguished, and continued hourly rounds to monitor temperatures.

Marine surveyors and a marine chemist had boarded the NYK Delphinus on Monday morning. The chemist determined spaces were safe for entry and the surveyors inspected the structural integrity of the vessel. The surveyors deemed the ship seaworthy. The tugboats Patricia Ann, Revolution, Independence, Jamie Ann, and Delta Lindsay completed the Unified Command NOAA-approved tow of the Delphinus to the Port of Oakland.

There are no reported injuries and all crew are reported safe and accounted for. There are no reported signs of pollution.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

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