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.