Blaze on Cosco mega box ship off India put under control
A FIRE broke out onboard Cosco's 10,020 TEU containership Cosco Pacific over the weekend, causing the vessel to be diverted to Colombo for inspection of the cargo and safety of the ship
A FIRE broke out onboard Cosco's 10,020 TEU containership Cosco Pacific over the weekend, causing the vessel to be diverted to Colombo for inspection of the cargo and safety of the ship.
Cosco informed customers in an advisory that the blaze, which broke out in one of the cargo holds, has been put under control. The extent of the damage is unknown and there have been no injuries reported.
The vessel owned by Cosco Shipping was underway from Port Klang, Malaysia to the largest container port in India, Nhava Sheva Port on January 4, 2020.
The suspected cause of the fire is reported to be misdeclared or undeclared dangerous goods, according to media reports.
Port of Colombo managing director Captain Athula Hewavitharana told Container News, Jacksonville that by the time the vessel arrived at the port, the fire had been extinguished by the vessel's CO2 fire suppressant system.
'It was a fire that started at sea and it was brought under control using the cargo hold's CO2 system, but two containers were damaged, and they contained batteries. No other containers were damaged and there was no damage to the vessel,' explained Mr Hewavitharana.
Cosco has asked customers to report voluntarily if any of them made false declarations of cargo onboard the vessel. In the meantime, investigations into the incident are ongoing.
The affected cargo is likely to be unloaded at the port, where some of it may be retained, the company said.
Information from the automatic identification system (AIS) shows that the vessel left Port Klang on January 3 and arrived at Colombo on January 5. Currently the vessel is still moored at Colombo Port.
The schedule of the ship will be delayed until further notice. The ship's original port calling schedule after Port Klang was Nhava Sheva, Shekou, Ningbo and Shanghai.