Friday, 15 June 2018

Container ship SSL KOLKATA fire, Bay of Bengal

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.
Container ship SSL KOLKATA, IMO 9346574, dwt 13784, capacity 1100 TEU, built 2007, flag India, manager TW SHIP MANAGEMENT PVT LTD.


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Containership Abandoned in Bay of Bengal Due to Major Fire

SSL Kolkata cargo ship fire
SSL Kolkata on fire in the Bay of Bengal, June 14, 2018. Photo: Indian Coast Guard

The Indian Coast Guard has rescued all 22 crew member of a containership following a major fire aboard the vessel while about 50 miles off the coast of India in the Bay of Bengal.
The India-flagged SSL Kolkata reported fire just after midnight on Thursday.
The fire was reportedly caused by an explosion in one of the shipping containers and later spread to about 60 other containers.
The fire forced the Master to eventually give the order to abandon ship.
All 22 crew members including the captain were eventually picked up by an Indian Coast Guard vessel.
The vessel is currently abandoned and adrift. It is being monitored by the Indian Coast Guard.
The 147.8m SSL Kolkata was built in 2006 and has capacity of about 1,100 TEU.
AIS ship tracking data shows the vessel was sailing from Krishnapatnam, India to Kolkata.

Photo: Indian Coast Guard
Photo: Indian Coast Guard

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