Container ship disabled by fire, on tow, Mozambique Channel

Container ship EM OINOUSSES while en route from Maputo Mozambique to Mombasa Kenya suffered fire in engine room in the afternoon Jan 19, sailing abeam of Nacala, Mozambique, Mozambique Channel. The ship went NUC, drifting, engine room was sealed, fire fighting system activated. Two tugs from Nacala, RT MAGIC and RT SPIRIT, were contracted, EM OINOUSSES was taken under tow at around 2100 UTC Jan 19, understood to be towed to Nacala. As of 1400 UTC Jan 20, caravan was approaching Nacala, EM OINOUSSES AIS off during last 16 hours, engine room reportedly still sealed.
Container ship EM OINOUSSES, IMO 9203514, dwt 32321, capacity 2506 TEU, built 2000, flag Marshall Islands, manager EUROBALK, Greece.



Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.