The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said it has brought a fire on a Korea Maritime Transport Co (KMTC) container ship under control.

The blaze broke out on the 2,778-teu KMTC Shenzhen (built 2013) on 13 August off Acheh Beach, when the ship was en route to Klang port in Malaysia.

The crew of 18 have all been accounted for and are safe, the MMEA said. No pollution has been reported.

According to the MMEA, the fire reached nine out of 1,189 containers on board.

There is no indication as to the cargo loaded in the containers that have been linked to the fire.

The rescue operation, which is being coordinated by the local Selangor State Maritime Centre, has so far managed to prevent the fire from spreading to high-risk areas.

The firefighting operation has involved 111 officers and two firefighting tugs in total.

The vessel has been put under continuous observation.

The KMTC Shenzhen is controlled by Seoul-based KMTC.

The ship’s protection and indemnity cover is listed with Britannia P&I.

The owner of the vessel is expected to declare general average.