Indian Coast Guard tackles boxship fire

The Indian Coast Guard spent the best part of 16 hours dousing a blaze from a containership, the latest in a long string of fires on boxships that have likely originated from misdeclared or poorly packed cargoes.

The coast guard was alerted to the fire that had broken out on one container on the anchored X-Press Godavari yesterday morning.

Four vessels were dispatched to the anchorage off Sandheads, which is over a 100 km away from the Haldia port in West Bengal. Firefighting operations continued through much of last night on the 917 teu ship.

Now under control, the vessel has been escorted to Kolkata to assess damage onboard.

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. X-Press Monte Bianco had similar fire in the Mediterranean last month. The ship had 25 years… poor condition… mercenary crew… but insured by a good quantity of money.

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