Update: Höegh Xiamen in Jacksonville (7 June)

7 June 2020

The fire aboard our vessel, Höegh Xiamen, is still burning. Efforts to extinguish the fire are progressing and remain ongoing.

The fire started at around 16:00 hours (local time) on Thursday 4 June, shortly after the vessel had completed loading operations at Blount Island, Jacksonville.

Firefighters with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and specialist marine firefighters with Resolve Marine Group continue to work to extinguish the blaze on several decks, with an ongoing focus on cooling the vessel’s exterior. This is being carried out by fire tugs alongside which are spraying water on the vessel to keep it cool. An additional high capacity pump has also been deployed to significantly increase the amount of water on the hull.

Höegh Autoliners CEO, Thor Jørgen Guttormsen says, “We are continually grateful for the assistance of the State of Florida, the US Coast Guard, the Port of Jacksonville and especially the firefighters whose ongoing hard work and expertise have brought the fire under control. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the firefighters who sustained injuries during the initial response to the fire and we wish them a speedy recovery.”

There has been no report of any pollution, and this is being continually monitored. Containment booms have been placed around the vessel as a precautionary measure.

We are continuing to work closely with all local authorities and response organisations to protect the local environment.


Update: Höegh Xiamen in Jacksonville (6 June)

6 June 2020

The fire, which broke out on board our vessel, Höegh Xiamen, at 16:00 hours (local time) on Thursday 4 June, shortly after it had completed loading operations at Blount Island, Jacksonville, Florida continues to burn.

Firefighters are continuing to tackle the blaze aboard with a focus on cooling the vessel’s exterior. This is being carried out by fire tugs alongside, where they spray water on the vessel to keep it cool.

Höegh Autoliners CEO, Thor Jørgen Guttormsen says, “We are continually thankful for the assistance of Jacksonville’s local authorities and first responders. We are especially grateful to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department who remain in attendance at the scene, where they are working to contain the fire.”

“Our thoughts are with their colleagues who are recovering from the injuries they sustained as they first responded to this incident.”

“We would also like to thank the US Coast Guard, the Jacksonville Port Authority and all other parties involved in the ongoing response.”

There has been no report of any pollution, and this is being continually monitored. Containment booms have been placed around the vessel as a precautionary measure.

Höegh Autoliners continues to work closely with all local authorities to contain the incident as we work to secure the vessel and ensure the preservation of the local environment.


Update: Höegh Xiamen – Jacksonville

A statement of thanks from Höegh Autoliners CEO, Thor Jørgen Guttormsen

5 June 2020

“On behalf of everyone at Höegh Autoliners, I want to express my continuing thanks to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, the US Coast Guard, The Jacksonville Port Authority and all other parties involved in tackling the fire aboard our vessel Höegh Xiamen in Jacksonville, Florida.

Unfortunately, a number of members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department sustained injuries courageously tackling this blaze. My thoughts and the thoughts of everyone here at Höegh Autoliners, are very much with them today as we wish them a swift recovery.

Jacksonville fire fighters responded immediately and have worked tirelessly to control the fire. They must receive our sincere gratitude for their professional response and their sheer hard work.

We are continuing to work closely with all agencies and partners involved in this case to bring the situation under control.”




Höegh Xiamen in Jacksonville

5 June 2020

Höegh Autoliners confirms that at approximately 1600 local time a fire broke out aboard the vessel Höegh Xiamen on her seventh deck shortly after it completed loading operations at Blount Island, Jacksonville, USA.

Höegh Autoliners would like to thank the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department who are in attendance at the scene, and currently working to contain the fire. Our thoughts and prayers are with those firefighters and their families who were injured during this response.

There are no injuries to any of the 21 crew members, who have all been evacuated from the vessel. There are no reports of any pollution. A safety zone has been established around the vessel as a precautionary measure.

Höegh Autoliners has activated its emergency response team and is working closely with all necessary authorities to contain the incident. Our priorities at this time are to secure the vessel and ensure the preservation of the local environment.

There is no further information at this time however, we will provide updates as they become available.

Hoegh Xiamen (IMO: 9431848) is a 12,250 dwt vehicle carrier built in 2010 and registered in Norway. The vessel is on T/C (Time Charter) to Grimaldi Euromed S.p.A. This means Höegh Xiamen is commercially operated by Grimaldi Euromed S.p.A.


Höegh Xiamen. Image by Höegh Autoliners.

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