February 8, 2024: The ship whose cargo of lithium ion batteries caught fire off the coast of Alaska over a month ago has finally been brought into port.
The US Coast Guard confirmed on January 30 that the 410ft M/V Genius Star XI had been cleared to dock in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, but that a probe into the cause of the blaze continues.
Fire was reported onboard the vessel, which was en route from Vietnam to San Diego, on December 25, according to owners the Wisdom Marine Group.
The coast guard has praised members of the vessel’s 19-strong crew, none of whom were injured, for containing the blaze.
However, the vessel had been kept some two miles offshore with a one-mile safety zone in place around it to minimize the risk of any re-flash of the fire.
The coast guard said technical experts will now assess how best to resecure the batteries, which unconfirmed reports say may have shifted during its Pacific Ocean crossing.
There is no plan at this stage to offload the batteries.
Captain of the port Chris Culpepper said: “We are confident operations can be conducted safely and with no additional risk to the community to expedite preparing the vessel to continue its voyage.”