As informed by COSCO in a customer advisory, the fire, which broke out in one of the 10,000 TEU ship’s cargo holds, has been put under control. However, the extent of the damage is unknown.
There have been no injuries reported to the ship’s crew.
Due to the fire, the Chinese-flagged ship was diverted to Colombo for inspection of the cargo and safety of the ship.
The affected cargo is likely to be unloaded at the port, where some of it may be retained, the company said.
The suspected cause of the fire is reported to be misdeclared or undeclared dangerous goods.
The incident is expected to cause delays and schedule interruptions on the boxship’s trade route between China and India.
TURKISH MARITIME NEWS