Container ships ignite after collision in Malaysia

Flames raged aboard two container ships today after the ships collided at Port Klang near Kuala Lumpur.

Reports from the MalayMail Online and the New Straits Times reported the Al Riffa, a United Arab Shipping Company ship, and the San Felipe, a Hamburg Sud ship, collided near the wharf at 8 p.m. local time, igniting a fire that burned cargo on board both ships.

The San Felipe is a 9,000 TEU Hamburg Sud ship operating on a CMA CGM’s Asia to East Coast South America service. The 13,500 TEU Al Riffa is a USAC ship operating between Northern Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The Star, a Malaysian newspaper, reported the fire on board the Al Riffa was larger, and the ship was towed out to sea in order to protect the port. Fire departments continued to fight flames for several hours. The fire on the San Felipe was quickly extinguished.

There were no injuries reported. Port Klang Authority chairman Tan Sri Kong Cho Ha said an investigation was launched shortly after the flames were put out, The Star reported.

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