Ship ordered to return to Port Klang after containers catch fire

KLANG: A container vessel sailing from Port Klang to Cochin in Kerala, India, was ordered to return to port after smoke was detected coming from several containers that were stacked on deck.

The Malaysian Maritime Department said it had been informed of the mishap on board the Interasia Catalyst by the Central Region Maritime Department.

"A Fire and Rescue Department team as well as the Westport and Northport Fire Department have been deployed to the location of the incident.

"So far, reports state that 11 containers were involved in the fire on the ship," read the statement issued Saturday (April 10).

Four tug boats with equipment to put out the fire, sent to the location of the incident, were administering cooling spray to the deck to give the Fire Department time to formulate a strategy to extinguish the fire, added the statement.

It said spraying was being carried by two tug boats at one time whilst the other two were prepared and waiting to take over.

"However, there was no loss of life or oil spillage that occured," said the statement.

It added an investigation team set-up by the Central Region Maritime Department is determining the source of the fire together with other relevant bodies.

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