05 December 2023
A broke out fire in the engine room of the container vessel Cape Kortia on Monday morning, 30 January, while the vessel was moving towards the PSA port in the Pacific, the Panama Canal reports.
Particularly, the subject Neo Panamax container vessel (11,010 TEU) was built in 2017 at Hanjin Heavy Industries, Phillippines. The 330-meter-long vessel is owned by Costamare from Greece and operated by Swiss-based MSC, according to the data from the VesselsValue platform.
“Due to this incident, another vessel was affected. The Cape Kortia remained briefly on its way to the Pacific Access Channel until it got removed by the Panama Canal staff…
These maneuvers occurred during its regular transit window and did not cause delays to vessels transiting the Panama Canal.”Panama Canal Authority
According to the Panama Canal Authority, the incident was reported immediately and all security procedures were activated at once. Moreover, Panama’s National Aeronaval Service dispatched two vessels to the scene to provide assistance.
Fortunately, the fire outbreak was put under control and there were no injuries reported in the accident, the canal authority said.
At the moment, the Maltese-flagged containership is moored in the port of Rodman, Panama.
The post-Panamax container vessel Europe, owned by Greek-based company Danaos Shipping, recorded an oil spill of 60 to 100 liters of fuel in Vancouver’s English Bay.
Note that, the Canadian Coast Guard was informed of the oil spill on Saturday morning. In this regard, it has deployed a boom to limit the spread of the oil.
Therefore, the ship’s owner contracted the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) to respond to the incident. The company will always operate under the leadership of the Canadian Coast Guard.