Car carrier catches fire off Philippines

Car carrier catches fire off Philippines
Diamond Highway.

A car carrier that caught fire off the coast of the Philippines was abandoned near Reed Bank on June 17, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has said.

The ship, the Diamond Highway, operated by Japanese shipping company K Line, was en route to Batangas when the fire occurred late Sunday evening.

PCG spokesman, Captain Armand Balilo said the car carrier’s 25 crew were rescued by Thailand-bound bulk carrier Canupos Leader.

Owned by Diamond Car Carriers, the 19,100 dwt Diamond Highway was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2004.

A patrol vessel has been deployed to put out the fire, according to the PCG.