Fire aboard container ship in middle of Atlantic now under control

A fire burning aboard a Halifax-bound container ship for more than a week is under control according to a statement from Hapag-Lloyd, the company which owns the ship.

Company says not yet possible to say how much damage the ship and the cargo sustained

The Yantian Express at Halifax's Fairview Cove container terminal in 2015. (Mac Mackay/Shipfax)

A fire burning aboard a Halifax-bound container ship for more than a week has been brought under control, according to a statement from the company which owns the ship. 

Hapag-Lloyd, a German company based in Hamburg, has not provided details about the extent of damage, the cause of the fire or what the 320-metre Yantian Express is carrying.

Hapag-Lloyd said in the news release that it was not yet possible to say how much damage the ship and the cargo sustained in the week-long fire. 

The company said on Wednesday evening five crew members went back aboard the container ship which was about 1,300 kilometres from Halifax. It was en route to Nova Scotia from Sri Lanka via the Suez Canal when the fire broke out.  

There were about two-dozen crew members aboard when the fire was discovered Jan. 3. Many were subsequently evacuated to other ships. 

Two tugboats are currently assisting the cargo ship with a third tugboat expected to intercept the convoy on Sunday. 

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