Extensive probe into explosion at Jebel Ali Port

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Dubai Civil Defense, Dubai Police and other related authorities, took rapid action at the site to fully put out the fire in under 40 minutes…reports Asian Lite News

Jebel Ali Port authorities are continuing an extensive investigation into the cause of the fire that broke out uesterday in a container in a ship carrying flammable materials.

In a statement today, Jebel Ali Port said the Dubai Civil Defense, Dubai Police and other related authorities, took rapid action at the site to fully put out the fire in under 40 minutes.

“Prudent action ensured that operations were not affected in any way due to the incident, which occurred in the older Terminal 1, used only for small ships. Terminal 2, 3 and 4 of the Port, where big ships dock and offload their cargo, continued normal operations even during the incident,” it added.

”Casualties were avoided also due to the quick action of Jebel Ali Port’s officials who ordered an evacuation of the vessel and the immediate area when a leakage and smoke was seen,” it went on to say.

Following the fire, Dubai Civil Defense, Jebel Ali Port, Dubai Police and other relevant authorities also took immediate measures to ensure operations across the Port, including Terminal 1 where the incident took place, continued normally without any interruption.

Meanwhile, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Suhail Al Mazrouei , has said that the UAE took swift action in containing the fire at Jebel Ali Port.

“We appreciate and commend the efforts of the teams who contributed to containing the fire that broke out at 11:55pm on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021, due to a blaze onboard the container ship “Ocean Trader”, he said in a media statement on Thursday.

At the helm of the rescue operations were the DP World, UAE Region team, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and personnel from the Dubai Civil Defence and the Dubai Police, he added, noting that the evacuation procedure of the ship’s crew and workers on the berth was carried out promptly.

While containing the fire and ensuring no fatalities, the rescue team also took the necessary safety measures to ensure that there were no radioactive materials on the ship, the minister said.

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