The container operator MSC suspected misdeclaring of hazardous cargo to be the root cause for the fire, which erupted on board of the large boxship MSC Daniela off Colombo in Sri Lanka. The information was revealed by the spokesman of Swiss-headquartered line to online journal Splash247, but company continue investigation over the accident. The operations for unloading the containers are ongoing and the inspectors will estimate the source of the fire and the cargo in the burned units. The last containers were already unloaded at the terminal of Colombo and now the representatives of the shipping operator will assess the damages caused to the cargo ship during the accident.
“Operations to unload the containers are ongoing as is the inspection to ascertain the full extent of the damage”, told the spokesperson of MSC to online edition Splash247. “At the present moment, it is not clear exactly what caused the fire. We believe it could be due to a misdeclaration of hazardous cargo”, added the MSC representative.
The local authorities are also side in the investigation, due to worry about air pollution and possible danger for the local population.
The very large container ship MSC Daniela caught fire in Indian ocean on 120 nautical miles off Colombo port in Sri Lanka in beginning of April. The vessel altered course to Sri Lanka and requested assistance from the local authorities. The fire was extinguished within one day, but some containers were bleeding for more than 2 weeks, causing concerns to local authorities and hazmat teams for existence of dangerous goods.
More about the fire on board of MSC Daniela:
Container ship MSC Daniela caught fire off Sri Lanka [05/04]
Fire on board of MSC Daniela off Sri Lanka taken under control [06/04]