According to news reports, the fire onboard the container ship MV KMTC Shenzhen was controlled within 2 hours after the rescue officials reached the accident site.
Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Wan Md Razali Wan Ismail said firemen reached the container ship at 1.38 am on Sunday, Aug 13.
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“With the assistance of other departments, including the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), we managed to bring the fire under control at 3.33 am,” he added.
He stated that when the rescue and firefighting team reached the place at 7.20 am, they found two onboard containers releasing smoke. They carried general goods and resins, and the container carrying resins suffered a leak.
“We are still in the midst of stamping out the fire’s last embers via direct attack. We are also inspecting the containers and patching up any leak discovered,” he said.
It was earlier confirmed that the ship caught fire close to Pantai Acheh, Port Klang, on the evening of Aug 12.
A Selangor MMEA Boat, two tugboats from Westport and another one from Northport were deployed when they received the distress call.
The fire started in the ship’s cargo area, and water cannons from tugboats were used to control the blaze. Luckily, all the crew members were rescued without any injuries.
References: the star, maritime network
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