Explosion hits container ship in Jebel Ali Port
DUBAI: An explosion hit a ship in Jebel Ali Port, Dubai on Wednesday night.
The blast occured in a container aboard the vessel, preparing to dock away from the port’s main shipping line, at around midnight.
According to Dubai Civil Defence, no fatalities have been recorded so far. There were 14 sailors aboard the ship, who were evacuated safely.
Lt General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-In-Chief at Dubai Police went to the fire site and revealed that fire occurred on a cargo ship at dockside 14.
Lt Gen Al Marri stated that “the ship was carrying 130 containers. Three containers contained flammable materials. There were no explosives inside it or radioactive materials”.
Moreover, Major General Rashid Al Matroushi, director of Dubai Civil Defence said that it took 40 minutes to control the blaze.
An investigation is ongoing to determine the reason behind the fire.
Jebel Ali Port Authorities said they took all necessary measures to ensure the normal movement of ships in the port.