Another Container Ship With Fire On Board

June 09, 2023

Another container ship has been stuck by a major fire this week, which broke out on the 8,000 teu ‘MSC Rita’, hospitalising at least one crew member.

The ship was believed to be travelling in the Persian Gulf, approaching Abu Dhabi, when fire broke out on the 6th June. According to reports, the incident resultied in a crew member suffering from burns and being airlifted to safety by UAE Search & Rescue.

Ship data suggests the ship then arrived at Abu Dhabi and the vessel has not transmitted data since its arrival. At this stage the cause of the fire is not known.

Fires on containerships have become all too commonplace over recent years, with many being attributed to dangerous goods cargo aboard. The industry continues to work on procedures and legislation to clamp down on these incidents and bring in tougher measures for offenders.

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