A fire broke out early on the morning on Friday aboard the UASC Alula container ship in the port of Hamburg, according to reports from local officials.
Some 36 fire fighters were deployed to tackle the blaze, which started in one of the vessels containers and took three and a half hours to extinguish.
There were no reports of casualties, although it is believed that the 13,500 TEU, 2012 built ship suffered significant damage.
The container is insured by Standard P&I Club.
Some 30 containers were rapidly discharged from the vessel so that firefighters could get access to the container in which the fire had started.
The burning 40-ft container was moved ashore and emptied with a forklift truck. Inside the container was plenty of cardboard, local media reported.
UASC was unavailable for comment when contacted by ArabianSupplyChain.com, the online home of Maritime & Ports Middle East.