PETALING JAYA: For the past four days, firemen have been battling to put out a blaze on board a cargo ship some 15 nautical miles off Pulau Carey in Selangor.
The fire, which has affected at least 11 containers, was first detected on Wednesday evening.
Over 50 personnel, including those from the Fire and Rescue Department, Marine Police, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the Royal Malaysian Navy’s elite Paskal unit, were involved.
Some of the containers are holding wooden furniture, yarn and plastics, among others.
However, three containers cannot be opened as the consignment include sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate (used to fight algal and fungal pests), a dangerous material. These containers are still being cooled.
The fire affecting five containers has been put out, while efforts are ongoing to put out fires in three more.
The firemen will be opening six more containers adjacent to the affected ones to determine if they have been affected.
No injuries were reported.