Update: Höegh Xiamen in Jacksonville (6 June)

6 June 2020

The fire, which broke out on board our vessel, Höegh Xiamen, at 16:00 hours (local time) on Thursday 4 June, shortly after it had completed loading operations at Blount Island, Jacksonville, Florida continues to burn.

Firefighters are continuing to tackle the blaze aboard with a focus on cooling the vessel’s exterior. This is being carried out by fire tugs alongside, where they spray water on the vessel to keep it cool.

Höegh Autoliners CEO, Thor Jørgen Guttormsen says, “We are continually thankful for the assistance of Jacksonville’s local authorities and first responders. We are especially grateful to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department who remain in attendance at the scene, where they are working to contain the fire.”

“Our thoughts are with their colleagues who are recovering from the injuries they sustained as they first responded to this incident.”

“We would also like to thank the US Coast Guard, the Jacksonville Port Authority and all other parties involved in the ongoing response.”

There has been no report of any pollution, and this is being continually monitored. Containment booms have been placed around the vessel as a precautionary measure.

Höegh Autoliners continues to work closely with all local authorities to contain the incident as we work to secure the vessel and ensure the preservation of the local environment.


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