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Container ship currently on fire off Algoa Bay - crew evacuated

By Jesica Slabbert - Feb 13, 2017
Container ship  currently on fire off Algoa Bay - crew evacuated

Details are still sketchy, but a container ship, the APL Austria, is currently on fire east of the deep-water Port of Ngqura, which is adjacent to the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), outside Port Elizabeth.

Two tugboats have so far been deployed and authorities are working to extinguish the fire.

The National Sea Rescue Institution (NSRI) said that it assited in the evacuation of four non-essential crew members from the burning vessel early in the morning when the fire first started.

It is not yet clear how the fire might have started and the extend of the damage to the vessel.

More information to follow as the situation continues.

 Image: Hennie Griesel via Twitter