The 300 meter long, 88700 dwt container ship Maersk Kampala caught fire while transiting the Suez Canal. The Maersk Kampala departed from Jeddah with some 4,000 containers when two containers on the bottom of the stack on the fore deck caught fire. The crew attempted to fight the blaze, but were unable to extinguish it before it spread to other containers on deck. Several tugboats with fire-fighting capabilities arrived and assisted in fighting the blaze. The tugs were able to contain the fire to just six containers the following day. Fire-fighting teams were able to eventually to douse the fire and put out any remaining hot spots. No reports of injuries. Reports state the vessel was adrift and may have suffered some damage beyond the containers on deck.
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