Exclusive image shows MSC Daniela fire damage

Splash has been sent an image of the burnt MSC Daniela taken today which clearly shows the damage to many containers onboard.

The 13,800 teu ship caught fire while en route from Singapore to the Suez Canal on April 4 and made for Colombo where local and Indian ships spent more than 12 hours extinguishing the blaze which had spread from one container in the aft section to many neighbouring boxes. Despite being extinguished the containers remained too hot to handle for the next 10 days and the giant 2008-built vessel was only allowed to move from its outer anchorage to dock at Colombo International Container Terminal on Friday.

The photographer of the image above has told Splash that the containers are still smoldering.

MSC has managed to offload the other non-fire hit containers and will get them to Europe on another 2M service.

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.


    1. Hi Sam
      Do you have an idea about affected containers (quantity, 20 feet containers or 40…etc.) ?

  1. thanks sam .looking forard to receiving more news about this vessel .
    u are our hero as u are only source in this case . 🙂

  2. Please i want to know , if the affected containers are (20 or 40 ft)?
    Thank you Mr.SAM for your care

  3. Please I want to know if the burned containers are 20ft or 40ft?
    Thank you Mr.SAM for your care.

    1. On 5 April MSC offered this advice; “The extent of the damage and cargo losses will not be known until the vessel has safely berthed and has undergone a thorough inspection. Customers with cargo on-board the MSC Daniela should contact their local MSC office. MSC will provide further information when it becomes available.”

      13 days later they have not yet provided any further information.

  4. Hi,we are waiting the updated news from MSC.There is still no detailed damage report,we cannot learn whether our container is safe or not.But I hope all of you have got the insurance policy!You or your insurer can apply to MSC and get AVERAGE BOND and AVERAGE GUARANTEE forms.If you do not follow the process,there is no other way to get your container.

  5. hi, i contacted msc and they told me that they will not pay any damage to our goods.
    it is possible?

  6. hi Relax,MSC is not obliged to compensate the loss.If your cargo is insured,you will sign the Average Bond and your Insurer will sign the Average Guarantee.But you need to get the assistant of an Expert company,they can advise what to do step by step during the process.Because all of us have to sign these documents and we have to be careful,in order to handle this issue with minimum loss… If your cargo is uninsured,a cash deposit will be required by Average Adjuster company Richards Hogg Lindley;you must contact with them and they will advise you the cash deposit amount.

  7. Ce qualcuno a Roma o in Italia che si trova nella stessa situazione?Vorrei sapere se qualcuno in Italia sa più di me.Secondo il mio spedizioniere dobbiamo ancora aspettare.Sono disperato.
    Grazie per rispondermi.

  8. hello sibel,
    thank you about info so do you have any idea how this signed will going , so if we signed these documents what can be after signature can they release containers or what… thank you for your help

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