MSC Suspects Misdeclared Cargo Caused Fire

 02 May 2017 11.13am

Swiss container operator MSC has aired fears mis-declared hazardous cargo may have caused the fire which recently erupted on board containership MSC Daniela off Sri Lanka’s coast, according to Splash247.

A fire broke out on board the 13,798 TEU containership on Monday April 3, 2017, after which the crew made a distress call.

The Sri Lankan Navy came to the aid of the vessel and its 21 crew members later that day and released a report on the incident saying two fast attack crafts were sent to help the vessel but "initial efforts went in vain due to the intensity of flames".

A final set of containers were unloaded at the Terminal of Colombo on April 27, 2017, with some containers still smouldering on deck.

Inspectors have been examining the burned units and cargo to determine the fire’s source.  

Sri Lankan authorities are said to be concerned some chemicals in the air are drifting on land, thereby imperilling local people.

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