Blaze-hit Boxship Instructed To Head Out To Sea

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Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) has instructed the master of the fire struck boxship to move the ship from its anchorage off Colombo and head out of Sri Lankan waters, says an article published in Splash 247.

25 tons Nitric acid

The three-month old vessel caught fire on Thursday evening. Among its cargo are 25 tons of nitric acid.

For more information read our article Fire Breaks Out Onboard Brand New Boxship

Immediate action instructed

“The company that owns the ship, its local agents and the insurance agent were instructed in writing to take immediate action to control the ship’s fuel and chemicals from being mixed with the Sri Lankan marine system,” Dharshani Lahandapura, the chairman of MEPA told local media on Saturday.

Fire under control?

The blaze has been largely contained. However, two tugs are alongside dousing the ship in a bid to control the temperature of the vessel.

“Although around 400 kilograms of dry chemicals were sprayed to contain the fire, given the difficulties in reaching inside the containers aboard the vessel, the containment efforts are not 100% successful,” Lahandapura said.

Sri Lanka has recent memories of fighting fires on ships – having had to contain a massive blaze on a Greek VLCC last year that threatened its ecosystem.

For more information read our article VLCC With 2 Million Oil Barrels Catch Fire,1 Dead

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Source: Splash 247

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