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New panamax vessel catches fire in Panama Canal

The Panama Canal reports that the 11,000 TEU container vessel Cape Kortia suffered a fire outbreak in its engine room on 30 January while moving toward the PSA port in the Pacific.

The boxship remained briefly on its way to the Pacific Access Channel until it got removed by the Panama Canal staff.

According to a Panama Canal announcement, these maneuvers occurred during its regular transit window and did not cause delays to other ships transiting the Panama Canal.

The fire outbreak is under control, according to Panama Canal, while no injuries were reported during this incident. The relevant authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

Another vessel seems to have been affected due to the fire accident of Cape Kortia, but at the time of writing the name of the affected ship is not known.

Antonis Karamalegkos
Managing Editor

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