A fire that raged for 20 hours on the 14,000 teu MSC Daniela was finally extinguished yesterday morning, but the crew, who were evacuated, have not been allowed to return onboard for fear of the toxic fumes from the blaze.
Officials from MSC tell Splash none of the crew were injured in the accident, which took place off Sri Lanka and saw Indian navy vessels join their Sri Lankan peers in dousing the blaze.
“MSC is currently in discussion with the local authorities to berth the vessel at the appropriate time. Once the ship is considered safe, an investigation into the cause of the fire will be formally initiated,” a spokesperson for MSC told Splash.
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 onboard the MSC Daniela should contact their local MSC office.