x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Norwegian ship carrying wood catches fire in Aqaba

A Norwegian-flagged ship laden with wood caught fire while unloading in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, Jordan.

AMMAN // A Norwegian-flagged ship laden with wood caught fire while unloading in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, Jordanian officials said.

Civil Defence spokesman Brigidir Farid Sharaa said cause of the blaze is being investigated, but he doubts it is arson.

No casualties or injuries were reported, and that Jordanian firefighters and the crew were close to putting out the fire on the vessel which was laden with 20,000 tons of wood.

No other details were immediately available.

Aqaba is Jordan's sole sea outlet and one of the main routes for imports.