Burnt boxes on MSC Daniela still too hot to handle 9 days after blaze

Burnt boxes on MSC Daniela still too hot to handle 9 days after blaze

Nine days after a blaze broke out in the aft section of the 13,800 teu MSC Daniela firefighters are still having to cool some of the burnt boxes and the ship cannot be inspected properly still.

The giant ship was en route from Singapore to the Suez Canal when a fire broke out in one container, rapidly spreading to other boxes and forcing the master to reroute towards Colombo where Indian and Sri Lankan vessels spent more than 10 hours extinguishing the blaze.

As of last night the vessel remains at anchor outside the port.

“Some containers are still too hot for the Sri Lankan authorities to inspect the vessel before allowing it to berth. Therefore, firefighters are still actively cooling some of the containers,” an MSC spokesperson told Splash today.

Once the containers are brought down to a safe temperature to allow inspection the ship should proceed to berth.

“Damage assessment and repairs cannot be done until the above steps are concluded,” the spokesperson added.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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