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Friday, June 5, 2020 

Höegh Autoliners confirms that at around 1600 local time on 4 June a fire broke out onboard its vessel 'Höegh Xiamen' on the seventh deck shortly after it completed loading operations at Blount Island, Jacksonville, USA.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department attended the scene, and worked throughout the night. Local media reports say that several firefighters sustained injuries, although Höegh confirmed that there were no casualties among the 21 crew members, all of whom were safely evacuated from the vessel. Höegh says there are no reports of any pollution, and a safety zone was established around the vessel as a precautionary measure.

Höegh Autoliners activated its emergency response team and is working closely with all necessary authorities to contain the incident, to secure the vessel and ensure the preservation of the local environment.

Hoegh Xiamen (IMO: 9431848) is a 12,250 dwt vehicle carrier built in 2010 and registered in Norway. The vessel is currently operated by Grimaldi Euromed, under Time Charter from Höegh.

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