Hapag-Lloyd informed that on 3 January, a fire broke out in one container on the deck of the Yantian Express about 1,200 kilometres off Canada's East Coast and spread to additional containers. Efforts were launched immediately to put out the fire. However, they had to be stopped because of a deterioration of weather conditions. A cargo ship from the Netherlands, the Happy Ranger, offered assistance and was about 32 kilometres from the Yantian Express when help was requested. A firefighting tugboat was dispatched late Friday. Fortunately the crew of 8 officers and 15 seafarers is unharmed according to Hapag-Lloyd. The 7,510 TEU vessel, which is 320 meters long and carries the German flag, was on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal when the fire broke.