The 76 meter long, 2357 dwt cargo vessel Mutha Pioneer became disabled off Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Mutha Pioneer suffered a cargo shift and developed a significant list to port. Unable to right the vessel, the crew requested assistance. Two naval vessels from Sri Lanka responded to the scene and rescued all 11 crew off the Mutha Pioneer. No reports of injuries. No further details reported.
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.
The 103 meter long, 6500 dwt freighter Saigon Queen capsized and sank in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka. The Saigon Queen was en route from Ho Chi Minh City to Tutoourin with a cargo of wood. The cargo on board had shifted caused the vessel to list. The crew were unable to level the cargo and the vessel rolled over and sank. Three crewmen were rescued by the 23484 dwt bulk freighter Pacific Skipper while 15 other crewmen were able to abandon to the vessel’s liferaft. Four other crewmen were reported missing with the MRCC Sri Lanka launching a search and rescue for the men.
- Cargo Ship Saigon Queen Sinks Off Sri Lanka, 4 Crew Missing (gcaptain.com)
- Vietnamese Freighter Sinks Due to Stormy Weather (worldmaritimenews.com)