Fire Breaks out on Container Ship INTERASIA CATALYST

by | Apr 12, 2021 | Maritime Law

A fire broke out on board the container ship INTERASIA CATALYST beginning on April 5, 2021.  At the time, the vessel was en route from Port Klang, Malaysia to Cochin, India.  After the fire broke out, the vessel anchored at Port Klang.  The vessel has remained there since, with firefighting operations continuing over the days following.  At least four tugs have assisted in the firefighting efforts.  Reports indicate that 47 firefighters have been on board to fight the containers that caught fire, and prevent the spread to others.  It is unknown if anyone was injured as a result.  The vessel was operated by Ebony Ship Management Pte LTD, and its registered owner was Interasia Lines Singapore Ltd.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  A crew member on the Russian cargo ship ATLANTIC PROJECT II tragically lost his life on February 9, 2021, during cargo operations.  A fire broke out on the offshore supply vessel GREATSHIP ROHINI on February 13, 2021, killing three crew members.  A fire broke out on the fish processing vessel Aleutian Falcon on February 17, 2021.  There was a boating accident in Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana on March 6, 2021, resulting in one death and four passengers sustaining injuries.  A pilot fell while attempting to board the bulk carrier LORD NELSON on March 7, 2021. A pilot fell while attempting to disembark from the bulk carrier MARIA GS on March 14, 2021.  The fish carrier FENG HAI 78 struck the cargo ship FENG YAN 68 on March 27, 2021.  The container ship MSC TINA struck a pier while in port on March 27, 2021.  There was an incident involving the gantry crane on the container ship EVER GENTLE on March 27, 2021.  There was a collision between the bulk carrier HABCO PIONEER and a fishing vessel on April 3, 2021.  Four crew members inhaled ammonia gas on board the LPG tanker HAMBURG DW on April 6, 2021.  Two crew members sustained serious burn injuries on board the bulk carrier RAPALLO on April 7, 2021.  Two crew members were injured on the bulk carrier APL SOUTHAMPTON on April 8, 2021.

Safe maritime companies must perform regular maintenance and inspections in order to ensure the safety of their crew members.  When ship operators fail to conduct regular maintenance and inspection of the equipment on their vessels, dangerous incidents can result.  This not only puts the lives of hardworking seaman at risk, but can also endanger members of the public.

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