The Yantian Express, a massive container ship owned by a Hamburg-based company, Hapag-Lloyd, has been burning in international waters off Canada’s east coast since Jan. 3. Fortunately, no one was hurt from its 22 crew members who were evacuated from the ship as the fire grew and the weather turned ugly.
Seventeen Filipino crew members aboard the burning container ship have safely arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia and are now in the process of returning to the Philippines according to the Philippine Embassy in Canada.
The Philippine Vice Consul in Halifax, Elizabeth Eustaquio-Domondon, has stated that the Pinoy crew members were in high spirits and are assisted by their fleet manager for their return to the Philippines. They also met members of the Filipino community in Halifax, who provided them with food and other necessities.
The Yantian Express was originally making its way to Halifax from Colombo, Sri Lanka when the fire started. The blaze was brought under control by tug boats equipped with high-powered water cannons. The remaining 5 crew members together with salvage experts are now aboard the ship that is now sailing under its own power, with a tug escort towards the Port of Freeport in the Bahamas. It is expected to dock next week.
Source: Philippine Embassy Canada FB page