Update: Höegh Xiamen in Jacksonville (15 June)

15 June 2020

Firefighters confirmed late on 12 June that the fire, which was burning aboard our vessel, Höegh Xiamen, has been extinguished.

Efforts to tackle the fire had been ongoing since 4 June, when the fire started shortly after the vessel had completed loading operations at Blount Island, Jacksonville, Florida.

Höegh Autoliners CEO, Thor Jørgen Guttormsen said, "On behalf of everyone at Höegh Autoliners I would like to thank the dedicated men and women of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, the US Coast Guard, the Jacksonville Port Authority and the many other agencies and organisations whose hard work and expertise contributed to extinguishing the fire and protecting the environment. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the heroic firefighters who sustained injuries during the initial response, as they start the recovery process.”

The response now moves into its next phase. Authorities and experts will now board the ship and carry out their inspections and investigation.

Throughout the operation to extinguish the fire, every precaution was taken to prevent pollution and safeguard the environment. Similar protective measures will be maintained throughout the following phases, as we continue to work closely with local authorities and specialist salvage teams.

Hoegh Xiamen (IMO: 9431848) is a 12,250 dwt vehicle carrier built in 2010 and registered in Norway. The vessel is on T/C (Time Charter) to Grimaldi Deepsea S.p.A.. This means Höegh Xiamen is commercially operated by Grimaldi Deepsea S.p.A..