Fire broke out on “huge cargo” ship MV Daniela off Colombo in Sri Lanka early on Tuesday night. The Indian Navy later tweeted that two other ships, INS Gharial and INS Darshak, had been dispatched to assist in containing the fire. According to latest tweets, Indian Coast Guard Ship Shoor, which had been there in Colombo on a goodwill visit, also helped in combating fire. According to news agency PTI, the Panama-registered container carrier was travelling from Singapore to Egypt.
Sri Lanka Navy dispatched two Fast Attack Craft (FAC) P 436 and P 412 to the location assisting Sri Lankan Port Authority tugs, Rawana and Maha Wewa to douse the flames. A Sri Lankan Air Force helicopter has also been deployed to fight the fire. There have been no reports of any casualty yet.
“The vessel was carrying dangerous cargo and hence utmost caution was exercised in firefighting to ensure safety of the crew and the vessel,” the Coast Guard said in a statement. The vessel was found to be 11 nautical miles due west of the Sri Lankan capital. The cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained.