Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Fire-Fighting Tugs En Route to Container Ship Burning off Nova Scotia

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Fire-Fighting Tugs En Route to Container Ship Burning off Nova Scotia

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More tugs en route to burning container ship

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HALIFAX - More help is on the way for a Halifax-bound container ship that has been burning off Canada's East Coast since Jan. 3.

A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard says two more fire-fighting tugs, the Atlantic Enterprise out of New York and the Union Sovereign out of Rotterdam, N.Y., are en route to the Yantian Express.

Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup says the ship remained about 1,700 kilometres southeast of Halifax early Monday and it's not clear when the new tugs will arrive because of "heavy weather."

Two tugs have been on the scene for days, and the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd says the fire involving multiple containers aboard the Yantian Express is "widely contained and under control. …

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