The container ship CMA CGM Rossini caught fire at approach to Colombo, Sri Lanka. The fire started from deck containers and spread to the nearby units, but crew succeeded to react immediately and extinguished the flames. The burning containers were not loaded with inflammable and dangerous cargo, but the vessel registered voyage with Hazardous Class A. After the fire was completely extinguished, the container ship CMA CGM Rossini was inspected at the anchorage off Colombo and then released to dock at the port, where will have special survey and repairs. The container carrier was slightly damaged from the fire, but the accident raised concerns about the rest of the cargo and vessel’s safety.
The affected containers and nearby units were unloaded and inspected by the local authorities. The investigation for the root cause of the fire is under way. After the inspection, the vessel was released to resume voyage to Suez with some delay from the schedule. Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The container ship CMA CGM Rossini (IMO: 9280639) has overall length of 277.30 m, moulded beam of 40.00 m and maximum draft of 14.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 73,235 DWT and the gross tonnage is 65,730 GRT. The container ship CMA CGM Rossini has maximum capacity 5782 TEU with 632 reefer plugs. The main engine is MAN B&W 10K98MC-C with total output power of 76,500 hp. The vessel was built in 2004 by Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy industries in South Korea.