Cargo in containers on board of a brand new container ship caught fire in the afternoon May 20, on Colombo Anchorage, reports Maritime Bulletin.
The ship arrived at Colombo anchorage on May 19 from Hazira India, with 1486 containers on board, loaded among other goods, with nitric acid, other chemicals and cosmetics.
According to Sri Lankan Navy press-release, the ship is manned with 25 crew. The ship is brand new, she was built in China, started trading in Feb this year.
Sri Lankan Navy is engaged in fire fighting, as of 0330 UTC May 21 the ship was in the same position.
Firefighting still continues, with deployment of tug or tugs, including offshore tug, and probably, Navy ships, too.
Concern for the industry
Container fires are major concern for the industry with misdeclared dangerous cargoes resulting in sometimes deadly fires that can take weeks to extinguish.
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Source : Maritime Bulletin