Containership SSL Kolkata suffered an explosion onboard while near Kolkata, India yesterday.
The incident happened when the 1,118 teu vessel, operated by Indian owner Shreyas Shipping, was sailing from Krishnapatnam to Kolkata with 464 containers onboard. The explosion was triggered by fire on the vessel’s deck, leading to the captain ordering crew to abandon the vessel after sending out distress signals and manoeuvring the vessel to shallow waters.
The Indian Coast Guard sent rescue vessels and aircraft for the rescue operation and successfully rescued all 22 crews.
According to Indian Coast Guard, by the time the rescue team reached the vessel, about 70% of the vessel was on fire. No fuel spill has been spotted so far, however an oil spill response team is on standby to deal with possible oil spill threat.
Currently firefighting operations are still ongoing. Shreyas Shipping said it has mobilised all available resources to deal with the situation.