Maersk container ship catches fire in collision off China coast

Maersk container ship catches fire in collision off China coast

Safmarine Meru container ship

A container ship operated by Maersk Line caught fire, and its 22 members safely abandoned ship after a collision with another container ship off the coast of China late Saturday.

Maersk said the Safmarine Meru sustained “severe damage” after the collision with the Northern Jasper in open sea about 138 miles off east of the Chinese port of Ningbo, but that further details were unavailable.

Both crews were reported safe and there were no reports of oil spills. Chinese firefighting vessels were reported to be working to control the fire.

The Safmarine Meru has a nominal capacity of 4,650 twenty-foot-equivalent units but reportedly carried only 400 loaded containers at the time of the collision.

The ship was part of Maersk’s TP-18 service that the Danish carrier operates on an Asia-U.S. Gulf route that with Mediterranean Shipping Co.

The Northern Jasper has capacity of about 8,400 TEUs. and is operated by Germany’s Norddeutsche Reederei.