The 366 meter long, 162,867 dwt container ship MSC Daniela caught fire in the Indian Ocean 120 miles off Colombo, Sri Lanka. The MSC Daniela was en route to Suez Canal from Singapore when a fire started in one of the containers in the aft section. The fire quickly grew and engulfed more containers. Unable to contain the blaze, the vessel changed course and proceeded to an anchorage off Colombo.
Four vessels from the Sri Lanka Navy and 2 vessels from the Indian Navy were dispatched to the scene to assist. Tugs from the Sri Lanka Ports Authority also assisted in firefighting efforts. The Sri Lankan Air Force also dispatched a helicopter with a bambi bucket to assist.
No reports of injuries. Early reports from April 5 state the fire continues to burn.
The fire was brought under control at approximately 0630 hrs local time on Wednesday 5th April.
MSC is currently in discussion with the local authorities to berth the vessel at the appropriate time. Once the ship is considered safe, an investigation into the cause of the fire will be formally initiated.
The extent of the damage and cargo losses will not be known until the vessel has safely berthed and has undergone a thorough inspection.
On April 4, the 55 foot fishing vessel Baccalieu Endeavour capsized in Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada. The Baccalieu Endeavour had been tied up in the harbour when a strong storms struck the northeast coast of Newfoundland. During the storm the fishing vessel keeled over and capsized onto its port side.
The vessel’s owner attempted to upright the Baccalieu Endeavour with heavy equipment, but the Baccalieu Endeavour remained capsized. Divers from St. Johns were requested and will assist in bringing the vessel back to an upright position. No reports of injuries.
The 72 meter long, 3093 dwt cargo vessel Star 62 allided with several riverside homes on the Chao Phraya River in Phra Pradaeng, Bangkok, Thailand. The Star 62 had completed loading cargo of agricultural produce and was en route for Singapore when it suffered a malfunction in the steering system. The cargo vessel veered into the riverbank crashing into three homes. The homeowners were able to flee in time and there were no injuries.
Authorities arrived on scene and have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the vessel’s insurance will cover the cost to the damage caused to the houses. No reports of damage or pollution released from the Star 62.