Tragic Fire Claims Lives on Containership at Port of Houston

Two Crew Members Lost, Investigations Underway by Maritime Authorities

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In a tragic incident at the Port of Houston, a fire erupted onboard the 2,174 TEU containership Stride, resulting in the unfortunate demise of two crew members, while another sustained injuries. The vessel was securely moored at the Barbours Cut Container Terminal when the incident occurred, prompting an immediate response from the Port Houston Fire Department.

The injured crew member was expeditiously evacuated to the Texas Medical Centre via a medical transport helicopter. Fortunately, no additional injuries were reported among the responders. The fire has been successfully extinguished, and there is currently no perceived threat to the neighboring community. Nevertheless, the Port Houston Fire Department will diligently monitor the vessel for a minimum duration of 24 hours to ensure complete safety.

Authorities, including the Harris County Fire Marshall, Medical Examiners, U.S. Coast Guard, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), are actively engaged in on-site investigations to ascertain the root cause of the fire. The 1997-built Panama-flagged containership, under the management of the Greek company Danaos Corporation, is presently operating under a time charter deal with Cosco Shipping Lines, as per VesselsValue data.

This unfortunate incident underscores the critical importance of ongoing safety measures and collaborative efforts within the maritime sector to prevent and effectively respond to emergencies of this nature.

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