Container ship disabled by fire, Mediterranean

Fire erupted on board of container ship X PRESS MONTE BIANCO early in the morning Aug 18 off Tarragona, Spain, Mediterranean, reportedly in engine room. Helicopter and SAR ship responded, delivering fire team and equipment. Fire is said to be taken under control, a lot of smoke and high temperature reported. No AIS during last 10 hours as of 1330 UTC, understood the ship is disabled, with SAR ship and tug nearby, towage probable. The ship was en route from Valencia to Barcelona.
Container ship X PRESS MONTE BIANCO, IMO 9276341, dwt 8100 capacity 707 TEU, built 2003, flag Malta, manager X PRESS FEEDERS.



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