MSC Daniela, the giant boxship that caught fire eight weeks ago, is now in China for repairs.
The 13,800 teu boxship suffered a fire on April 4 in its aft section. The ship was en route to the Suez Canal from Singapore when a fire broke out in one container before spreading quickly to others, forcing the master to reroute to Colombo where a combined force of Sri Lankan and Indian vessels then spent more than 12 hours extinguishing the blaze. Some of the boxes on the deck continued to smoulder for more than two weeks after the initial fire leading Sri Lankan authorities to worry about some chemicals in the air making their way onland and harming the local population.
MSC suspects shippers misdeclaring hazardous cargoes was the most likely reason for the blaze.
The ship has now moored at China Shipping Industry’s Changxing yard to the north of Shanghai where it is expected to remain for a number of weeks as extensive repairs get underway.