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Freighter partially submerged with explosions on board

The 'SSL Kolkata' remained aground 7,5 miles off the Indian Sunderbans, Kolkata, West Bengal and sitting on soft mud

Freighter partially submerged with explosions on board
03 July 2018 - 10:21
The 'SSL Kolkata' remained aground 7,5 miles off the Indian Sunderbans, Kolkata, West Bengal and sitting on soft mud. SMIT salvors reported that, further explosions have been heard from stand-by vessel 'Lewek Altair'. Some of the containers contained magnesium that reacted after coming in contact with water. The vessel has developed a 40 degrees list to starboard, with the deck now partially submerged. The removal of bunker fuel and cargo remained a priority. Several support vessels were standing by, for observation and potential anti-pollution duties, with the primary aim of protecting the marine environment and preventing any pollution from cargo or fuel oil. While there has been no release of any fuel oil to date, plans have also been developed by the authorities, salvors and other experts to address this eventuality. These included the deployment of absorbent booms and other countermeasures.
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