Firefighters still tackling ship on fire in Cape Town

Cape Town - Firefighters continued to douse the flames aboard a fishing vessel in the Cape Town harbour on Thursday, said the city’s fire services.

“We are making some headway and getting into the different holds of the ship,” spokesperson Theo Layne told News24.

“There is no immediate danger to anything like the diesel or the ammonia we experienced yesterday.”

Sections of the 800 000 polystyrene containers on board were still alight. Quite a bit of the internal furniture and fittings were burnt.

Thick grey plumes of smoke continued to billow from the Verano Port Villa vessel, operating under the Vanuatu flag. It was docked in the container basement of the harbour.

Layne said there was no indication of what had started the fire on Wednesday morning.

Five crew were evacuated and no injuries were reported. The city currently had five support vehicles, four engines and 33 fire-fighters attending to the fire.

Layne said they were going to be on scene for a considerable time still.

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