Fire Engulfs Container Ship Kamala On East China Sea



Container ship Kamala, owned by Seachange Maritime, a Liberian company was on its voyage from from Gresik, Indonesia to Ulsan, South Korea.  The ship operated by M/s. Hanjin Shipping contained 796 containers containing NO hazardous cargo, as confirmed by the company operator and cargo plan.

The ship caught fire approximately 400 kilometers west off Kuchinoshima, one of the Tokara Islands in Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture.  On 12th July, 2015, around 5:30 am Japanese time, the Japanese coast guards were alerted.  They dispatched a helicopter to evaluate the condition.  Rescue operations were taken up promptly saving all the 23 crew members.

Container ship Kamala is of 200 m length, has a moulded beam of 30.5 m and maximum summer draft of 9m.  The DWT  29,277 Kamala has a gross tonnage of 24,724 GRT.  The ship was built by Imabari Shipbuilding, Japan in 1999.