Feb 3 1520 UTC: Ship’s crew or more probably, part of crew, reportedly were evacuated. Vietnamese Authorities said firefighting will last for at least a week more. There are 4515 containers on board, 134 of them contain flammable and toxic goods, but their location not clear. Until now, no toxic fumes recorded. Master of the ship is of Croatian nationality.
Feb 3 UPDATE: The ship and deployed SAR tugs moved south, from Vung Ro Bay to Phan Rang Bay, Ninh Thuan Province, because of deteriorated weather and some other considerations. Reportedly, fire, said to be subdued, on Feb 2 went off again. Salvage 11-experts team is already on site.
Feb1: Container ship APL VANCOUVER has fire on board, in containers on cargo deck, fire started on Jan 31 or earlier. The ship en route from Shenzhen to Singapore had to interrupt voyage and head to Vietnam waters, sailing to small Vung Ro Bay in Phu Yen Province. It is not clear yet, but most probably, she was brought to anchor, in the afternoon Jan 31. Vietnamese Coast Guard SAR ship CSB 8005 approached APL VANCOUVER in the afternoon Feb 1 and started firefighting. Understood salvage company already contracted. No injures reported.
UPDATE Company press release Friday, February 01, 2019:
APL, operator of the container vessel APL Vancouver (115,060 dwt, built 2013) reports that a fire broke out in one of the cargo holds whilst the vessel was on passage from Shekou to Singapore on, 31 January at 0430hrs. Emergency response procedures were immediately activated by the APL team.
Container ship APL VANCOUVER, IMO 9597472, dwt 115060, capacity 9600 TEU, built 2013, flag Singapore, manager APL.