Indian Coast Guard Contains Tanker Fire Off Kandla Port


The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has contained a major fire that broke out on an oil tanker that was anchored 14 nautical miles off Kandla Port.

It stated on Twitter yesterday (January 17, 2018) that it saved all the 26 crew onboard the MT Genessa, with two suffering major burns sent to a hospital in Mundra, India.

Footage from the ICG (below) shows tugs and coastguard vessels dousing the burnt tanker, which is still producing thick smoke.

The ICG said that it suspected that the fire started in the vessel’s accommodation area or engine room.

The MT Genessa was reportedly carrying at least 30,000 tonnes of diesel when the fire started.

An ICG hovercraft was deployed to check the shoreline for oil traces, however, the Ministry of Defence for Gujarat State has said that ocean water sampling shows no sign of an oil spill.

Twitter timeline of events:

Read more: An Iranian tanker which collided with a freighter in the East China Sea and had been burning for more than a week exploded and sank on Sunday January 14, 2018

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