An explosion occurred May 11 in the engine room of United Arab Shipping Co.’s vessel Asir, en route from Suez, Egypt, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, resulting in the loss of power of the vessel and injury of three officers.
Two of the injured officers have been removed from the vessel for medical treatment. Asir is now on emergency power and has developed a slow drift, although efforts are continuing to restore power to the vessel, the company said.
In the meantime, UASC has entered into towage contracts for moving the vessel to Jeddah. The UASC vessel Jebel Ali is near Asir, providing standby assistance until the towings begin. There is no damage to cargo or any pollution on board the vessel or at sea, UASC said.
The container line said in a written statement that it will release more details following the discharge and delivery of the cargo on the vessel once the time lines are more clearly known closer to the conclusion of towing operations.