Fire erupts on ship, causing explosion that rocks Dubai
A container ship anchored at one of the world’s largest ports in Dubai caught fire late on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 after an explosion shook the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates. The blaze sent up giant orange flames on a vessel at the crucial Jebel Ali Port, the busiest in the Middle East, which sits on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula but authorities said the situation is under control. “A fire caused by an explosion within a container on board a ship at Jebel Ali Port has been brought under control; no casualties have been reported,” the Dubai Media Office (DMO) said.
The combustion unleashed a shock wave through the city, shaking buildings and windows in neighbourhoods as far as 25 kilometres from the port.
Two and a half hours after the explosion, Dubai’s civil defence teams said they had brought the fire under control and started the “cooling process.”
Dubai authorities issued a statement early Thursday saying that emergency services had brought the blaze under control. The Dubai Media Office posted footage of fire fighters dousing giant shipping containers. The glow of the blaze was visible in the background as Civil Defence crews worked to contain the fire.
The extent of damage caused to the sprawling port and surrounding cargo was not immediately clear. The cause of the fire also was not immediately known.
The Jebel Ali Port at the northern end of Dubai is the largest constructed deep-water harbour in the world and serves cargo from the Indian subcontinent, Africa and Asia.
Operated by the Dubai-based DP World, the port has four sprawling container terminals that can berth some of the world’s largest ships. The port is not only a critical global cargo hub but a lifeline for Dubai and surrounding emirates, serving as the point of entry for essential imports
Sources: Al Jazeera, CNBC News