Fire continues to rage on containership, MSC Daniela, near C

Time: 2017-04-07 13:39
FIREFIGHTERS are still tackling the blaze on board the 13,800-TEU Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) containership, MSC Daniela, after containers on board burst into flames on Tuesday morning about 120 nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka.
The vessel was brought to anchor on Wednesday morning near the Colombo Lighthouse where the authorities are still working to extinguish the blaze, according to American Shipper.
The Sri Lanka Navy said in a statement it deployed two fast attack craft and two tugs, which were joined by two vessels each from the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy, as well as two helicopters, one from the Sri Lanka Air Force and the other from the Indian Coast Guard, in an effort to contain and extinguish the fire.
The ship was en route from Singapore to the Suez Canal, but was forced to change course and seek emergency assistance.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this point, but media reports suggested it began in a container located in the aft of the vessel.
According to ocean carrier schedule and capacity database BlueWater Reporting, the MSC Daniela serves on the 2M Alliance's Asia-Mediterranean AE20/Dragon loop, on which HMM, Hamburg Sud and subsidiary Alianca, and WEC Line all take slots.
The AE20/Dragon operates with 11 vessels with an average capacity of 13,435 TEU. The loop has a full port rotation of Dalian, Xingang, Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Shekou, Yantian, Singapore, Port Said, Beirut, Gioia Tauro, La Spezia, Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Malta, Salalah, Singapore, Yantian, Shanghai, and back to Dalian.
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