Containership Adrift After Engine Room Fire!

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  • Container ship Maersk Vilnius suffered fire and was disabled in the Caribbean east of Guadeloupe, France.
  • Offshore tug ALP Defender was contracted for towage.
  • Tug is to reach container ship and commence towage

Maersk container ship goes adrift in Caribbean after engine room fire, writes Erofey Schkvarkin for Maritime Bulletin.

Engine room ablaze

Container ship Maersk Vilnius suffered fire and was disabled early in the morning April 26 in the Caribbean east of Guadeloupe, France.

The vessel was en route from Freeport Bahamas to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Offshore tug ALP Defender (IMO 9737242) was contracted for towage.

Towage underway

Tug sailed from Trinidad, as of 0600 UTC April 29 Maersk Vilnius was adrift, with tug ALP Defender steaming towards her.

Tug is to reach container ship and commence towage on April 29. The port of destination remains unknown.

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Source: Maritime Bulletin

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