Poor weather forces crew to stop fighting fire aboard ship headed for Halifax

A fire is burning aboard a large container ship about 1,200 kilometres off Canada's east coast, but the crew has suspended fighting the blaze because of worsening weather.

The international shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has issued a statement saying the 320-metre Yantian Express was en route to Halifax on Thursday when a fire started inside a container on the ship's deck.

The company says no one among the ship's crew has been injured, but the fire has spread to other containers, though the extent of damage remains unclear.

There are eight officers and 15 seafarers aboard the Yantian Express.

The vessel was built in 2002 and is capable of carrying 7,510 standard 20-foot containers.

Hapag-Lloyd says the ship was its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal.