A fierce explosion that happened on a containership has rocked Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port resulting in a large cloud of flame, Dubai Media Office reported.

The blast happened at about 11:55 p.m. (local time) on 7 July and could be seen, felt and heard across the city in the United Arab Emirates.

According to initial reports, the fire was brought fully under control some 40 minutes after the incident and the cooling process had started.

Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri said: “The fire in Jebel Ali Port broke out on board a small-sized container ship. No casualties were reported.”

An official told a local TV channel that the crew had managed to evacuate in time before the fire caused one of the containers to explode. 

“The ship was carrying 130 containers,” Lt. General Abdullah Al Marri, the commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, told Gulf News. 

“Three containers contained flammable materials. There are no explosives inside it or radioactive materials.”

Port authorities have not yet identified the vessel in question; however, several unconfirmed reports suggest that it could be the Comoros-registered container vessel Ocean Trader.

According to Marine Traffic, the 210 TEU containership Ocean Trader is currently located at Jebel Ali Port after 26 days of a voyage which started at Port of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Courtesy of Marine Traffic

Furthermore, Jebel Ali Port authorities added that they are taking all necessary measures to ensure the normal movement of ships in the port continues without any disruption.

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