Crack found on Shreyas boxship after major fire

A crack has been found on the upper deck of Shreyas Shipping’s containership SSL Kolkata, which caught fire near Kolkata of India on June 13, during inspection and the situation has made salvage team rethink its towing plans.

SMIT, a salvage company hired by Shreyas Shipping, has deployed salvage vessel Lewek Harrier and tug vessel GS Amrita for the salvage operations.

According to an official at SMIT, an 18-member team spotted the crack during a three-hour inspection of the vessel on Monday and the team believed it would be too dangerous to attempt to tow the ship with the containers and fuel left on the ship.

The salvage team now plans to remove the containers and fuel before towing it to a port.

The vessel was loaded with 211 tonnes of fuel and carrying 464 containers when it caught fire.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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