The 133 meter long, 12600 dwt freighter Abu Rdees suffered a fire while proceeding on the outer Elbe River. The Abu Rdees was proceeding in ballast between Klaipeda and Bremen when a fire broke out in the crew’s accomodation section of the vessel. The vessel sent out a distress call with the DGzRS lifeboat from Cuxhaven responding. The crew of the Abu Rdees was able to get the fire under control. Five of the 37 men on board were injured by smoke inhalation. The freighter was able to moor at Neuwerk where local firefighters and emergency crews boarded the vessel. No details on the extent of damage the fire caused on the freighter.