Fire on board of MSC Daniela off Sri Lanka was taken under control, but joint effort of the navy and firefighters to douse the flames are still underway. The vessel was anchored on 10 nautical miles off port of Colombo, but firefighters cannot board the ship due to thick smoke. They were supported by the Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force and Sri Lanka Ports Authority personnel. All the 22 crew members from the burning very large container carrier were airlifted by helicopter earlier, due to danger for their safety. The damages caused by the fire and the exact number of damaged container is still unknown. It will be assessed after the further fire inspection, once the fire is fully extinguished.
“Although the spread of the flames has been brought under control, the teams are still unable to get close to the ship”, said the Navy spokesman Lieutenant Commander Chaminda Walakuluge. “We expect the fire to be completely extinguished within several hours”, added he
MSC is currently in discussion with the local authorities to berth the vessel at the appropriate time, after the flames are completely extinguished.
“The extent of the damage and cargo losses will not be known until the vessel has safely berthed and has undergone a thorough inspection”, said the official statement of the operator MSC. “Customers with cargo on-board the MSC Daniela should contact their local MSC office”, adds the statement.
Fortunately during the accident there were no reported injuries. Maritime Herald recall that 14,000-TEU container ship MSC Daniela was en route from Singapore to Suez Canal with AIS Status Cargo – Hazard A (Major).
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Container ship MSC Daniela caught fire off Sri Lanka [05/04]