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Cargo ship catches fire; no one hurt

A Russian cargo ship caught fire yesterday when undergoing repair work at a local harbor, maritime officials said. No one was injured.

The fire on the general cargo ship Markovo was spotted at 12:26am at Zhanghuabang Port in the city's northeast Wusong area.

It was put out at 12:35am and crews were evacuated, said Xing Dafeng, a spokesman with the Wusong Maritime Office.

The accident did not affect operations on the Huangpu River, Xing said.

Repairmen were welding part of the 156-meter-long ship during the process, according to initial investigations.

Sparks fell on the plastic bags of Glauber's salt, or sodium sulfate, a material that should be kept away from flames, starting the fire on impact, maritime officials said yesterday.

The vessel, arriving in Shanghai on Sunday from Jiangsu Province's Zhenjiang City, had 2,500 tons of such material on board.

The aging Russian ship, built in 1979, needs constant checks and repair work, said the authorities.


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