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Four months late, burnt Yantian Express finally makes it to its Halifax destination

Hapag Lloyd's Yanitan Express arriving in Halifax, Canada today under foggy conditions

PortandTerminal.com, May 21, 2019

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Four months after a severe blaze ripped through it the Yantian Express container ship has finally reached its Canadian destination, delivering some of the containers that survived the fire.

The Hapag-Lloyd vessel arrived here in the Port of Halifax on the eastern seaboard of Canada yesterday, having spent nearly four months in Freeport, Bahamas. The ship caught fire on January 3 this year in the Atlantic while bound for Halifax.

Two-hundred-and-sixty containers were destroyed by the fire that burned for days on the Hapag-Lloyd-owned Yantian Express, said Peter Ziobrowski, a shipping expert who operates the blog Halifax Shipping News.  

The fire on the 7,500 teu vessel burned for two weeks and damaged another 460 containers. The contents in many reefers were spoiled as well when power was lost.

The vessel will now head for China for repairs.

The vessel was coming from Sri Lanka and was scheduled to unload cargo in Halifax on Jan. 4

The fire broke out on Jan. 3,  roughly 1,900 kilometres from Halifax, and crew members were evacuated to other ships. None of the workers onboard the Yantian Express was injured.

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