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Singapore fire experts await return of MOL Charisma

The MOL Charisma is sailing to Singapore where experts will investigate the hold fire incident, which took place off Sri Lanka on 1 September.

MOL confirmed to Container News that the 2007-built container vessel is on its way and is expected to reach Singapore on 13 September.

The Japanese ship owner could not arrange a salvor surveyor and fire experts in either Colombo, Sri Lanka, or at Indian ports, according to reports from alliance partner Hapag-Lloyd. As a result, the 8,110TEU boxship will turn back to Singapore, where experts are available.

Hapag-Lloyd explained that, "Without confirmation that cargo hold no.5 is fully cleared of fire, we are unable to berth the vessel and commence cargo operations at any ports."

However, a MOL spokesperson told Container News, "There is no change to the ship's condition and no sign of a temperature increase." He went on to say, "The experts in Singapore will be able to confirm if the fire is completely extinguished."

Hapag-Lloyd added it is working on alternative arrangements to accommodate cargo originally intended for the voyage of the MOL Charisma, which was deployed on its Pacific South Loop 3 (PS3) service.

Antonis Karamalegkos

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