Korean car carrier still on fire Feb 7 UPDATE

Feb 7 UPDATE: AH SHIN was anchored at Vung Tau anchorage in the morning Feb 7. There is no open fire, but crew and firefighters believe there still might be smoldering spots, specifically electric batteries. Cargo decks are sealed, they are full of toxic gas, so holds survey as of Feb 7, was impossible. More CO2 needed to continue filling with it cargo decks. Authorities and owner coordinated plans to continue firefighting, including deployment of fire teams, special equipment and additional volumes of CO2.

Feb 6 UPDATE: As of 0730 LT Feb 6, AH SHIN is still adrift off Vung Tau, fire is said not to be under control yet. The ship carrying 4530 cars from Korea used all CO2 it had in firefighting system, but the fire is still raging on cargo decks, with a lot of smoke. AH SHIN already developed starboard side list, cause not clear, it wasn’t said yet that firefighters started firefighting, no tugs or SAR ships at her side, either.
AH SHIN 21 all-Russian crew remains on board, no injures reported.

Feb 5 UPDATE: The ship is drifting or moving at slow speed some 20 nm south of Vung Tau, off Vung Tau outer anchorage.
Car carrier AH SHIN on Feb 4 was reported to be on fire in South China sea off Vietnam coast. Track analysis says fire started around noon Feb 3, disabling AH SHIN for several hours. The ship under way again since afternoon Feb 4, heading towards Vung Tau. AH SHIN was en route from Incheon Korea to Singapore, but interrupted voyage and is steaming now towards nearest shelter, ETA Vung Tau Feb 5.
Car carrier AH SHIN, IMO 9177430, GT 57449, built 1999, flag Panama, manager DORIKO LTD, Seoul.



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