Yantian Express is now sailing under its own power and according to owner Hapag Lloyd will be heading to Freeport, Bahamas for repair.
In a statement issued Friday, the owner said The container fire that broke out on board the vessel on 3 January was largely contained and brought under control after one week by immediately launched fire-fighting efforts. Since then, the remaining salvage operations have made considerable progress.
The responsible salvage master from the company Smit has decided today to sail the Yantian Express to the Port of Freeport (Bahamas). Once there, the recovery and assessment efforts of the cargo can proceed in a safer environment. At present, the container ship is approximately 1,250 nautical miles from the Bahamas and is expected to arrive in Freeport by next week.
It is still not possible to make a precise estimate of any damage to the Yantian Express or its cargo. Hapag-Lloyd is working in close cooperation with all relevant authorities.
The 7,510 TEU Yantian Express, was built in 2002 and was originally on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal. AIS position reports from the vessel suggest that its speed yesterday was 10kt and would probably arrive at Freeport on Wednesday this week.
Unsurprisingly, it has been reported that Hapag Lloyd has declared General Average over the incident.
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