Boundary safe in Cape Town after fire scare

by Hans | October 11th, 2010

The Ocean Africa Container Line ship BOUNDARY, whose engine room caught fire while the ship was off the coast near Cape Columbine on Friday, has arrived safely in Cape Town under tow behind the Cape Town-based salvage tug SMIT AMANDLA.

Boundary under tow on Friday. Picture courtesy Kevin Tate/Smit

According to SMIT a salvage team departed from Cape Town on Friday by helicopter and was able to board the ship safely before midday. The fire which at one stage threatened the ship, was later reported to be smouldering but under control.

The tug SMIT Amandla arrived at 15h00 that day and was able to connect to the ship which was disabled as a result of the fire. Once the vessel had been stabilized a course was set for Cape Town while the salvage team began its preliminary investigation.

All personnel on board the container ship were safe with no injuries being reported. Boundary was on a voyage from Durban to Walvis Bay at the time of the fire.

Source: Ports & Ships Maritime News

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