Port Klang Authority awaits update on firefighting after containerships collision

Two containerships caught fire

Fire that broke out on board containership Al Riffa has been extinguished but fire fighting could still be ongoing on containership San Felipe, according to a spokesman from Malaysia’s Port Klang Authority (PKA).

The two containerships, the 13,470-teu Al Riffa and the 8,714-teu San Felipe, caught fire after they brushed against each other on Tuesday night at Port Klang.

A spokesman from PKA confirmed that the fire on Al Riffa has been extinguished but there was still fire on board San Felipe as of last night.

“We are still waiting for updates regarding the fire on San Felipe,” the spokesman told Seatrade Global.

San Felipe is managed by Bernhard Schulte for Ship Finance International (SFI) and Al Riffa is owned by United Arab Shipping Co (UASC).

In an update yesterday, PKA said it is working with the relevant agencies, the owners/shipmanagers, and the experts appointed by the ship’s insurance company to extinguish the fire on board San Felipe completely.

It added that San Felipe has been safely towed and anchored at the outer anchorage of Pintu Gedung while the fire fighting continues. The fire on Al Riffa was put out by 2030 local hours on Tuesday.

No fatalities or injuries were reported. Vessel movements in and out of Port Klang have resumed as per normal, according to PKA.

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