More tugs are being mobilised to recover Hapag-Lloyd’s damaged container ship Yantian Express, which is stranded in the Atlantic off North America.
This 7,500-TEU container liner caught fire on 3 January and salvage tug Smit Nicobar was sent to extinguish the fire. It was joined by anchor handling tug Maersk Mobiliser, which started to tow Yantian Express to safety in Nova Scotia, Canada.
According to the US Coast Guard, two anchor handling tugs have been deployed to assist the fire-fighting and towage. Donjon Marine’s Atlantic Enterprise was sailing from the US East Coast and Boskalis-owned Union Sovereign was en route from Rotterdam to assist with the salvage.
Hapag-Lloyd said the fire was under control and five crew had returned to Yantian Express to assist salvage operations.
US Coast Guard watchstanders with the First District command centre in Boston received the initial onboard fire report from Yantian Express on 3 January. They requested assistance through the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) for vessels in the area.
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