A fire has been contained onboard a vessel berthed at the Cape Town Container Terminal.

The COSCO SHIPPING Lines container ship, COSCO SÃO PAULO, built in 2013 and currently sailing under the flag of Hong Kong, was stationed at berth 602 when Port Control reported seeing smoke billowing from the cargo hold around 13h00 on Tuesday, 26 May. Smoke had also been seen earlier when the vessel arrived outside the Port of Cape Town from Durban on Monday, 25 May.

Transnet National Ports Authority at the Port of Cape Town is working with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to contain the situation.  A firefighting tug was deployed and fire hoses were rigged onboard the vessel to fight the fire.  A salvage team is onboard the vessel, while the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service is on standby on the quayside. Emergency spill contractor Spilltech is also on standby.

Terminal operator Transnet Port Terminals plans to discharge some containers in the affected area on Thursday in order for a thorough damage assessment to be conducted.