Container ship SSL KOLKATA fire, Bay of Bengal Update Jun 17

Jun 17 Update: SSL KOLKATA was anchored off Sagar islands, Hooghly river, on Jun 16. Three crew members were lowered to burning ship by Navy helicopter, they managed to drop starboard anchor, and were safely recovered by helicopter after operation. The ship is understood to be on fire, burning out. Salvage and firefighting weren’t mentioned. During anchoring operation, several more explosions in containers occurred. On some photos a yellow smoke is seen billowing from containers, probably it’s too dangerous to approach SSL KOLKATA for effective firefighting.

Container ship SSL KOLKATA reported fire on board at 0005 LT Jun 14 in Bay of Bengal off Kolkata, being en route from Krishnapatnam to Kolkata with 22 Indian crew and 464 containers on board. Fire erupted in container or containers, and spread around, engulfing some 70 percent of ship’s cargo deck. Coast Guard ship and plane were sent to rescue crew, latest updates said all 22 crew were rescued.
Updates expected.

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