Authorities in India are preparing worst-case scenarios for the stricken SSL Kolkata boxship. Fires continue to rage on the Shreyas ship, nearly three weeks after an explosion first rocked the vessel.
Containers have slipped off the ship and salvors have not been able to drain the ship’s bunker fuel. The vessel is aground some 7.5 nautical miles off the Indian Sunderbans in West Bengal near the international maritime boundary with Bangladesh. The ship is now taking on water and has started to list with the deck now part submerged.
“The removal of bunker fuel and cargo remain a priority and the salvors and authorities are making every effort in this regard. Several support vessels are standing by for observation and potential anti-pollution duties, with the primary aim of protecting the marine environment and preventing any pollution from cargo or fuel oil,” a statement issued on behalf of Shreyas stated.