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Inferno onboard container vessel off Colombo, Coast Guard rushes help

The Coast Guard has dispatched ICG Vaibhav and Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft after the Sri Lankan government sought assistance.

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Colombo, First Published May 25, 2021, 8:54 PM IST

Indian Coast Guard has rushed to the aid of Sri Lanka which is trying to douse the inferno onboard the Singapore-flagged MV X-Press.

The Coast Guard has dispatched ICG Vaibhav and Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft after the Sri Lankan sought assistance. Two more ships are on standby. 

 

 

"#FireFighting Major fire reported on MV X-Press Pearl today off #Colombo after a blast occurred onboard. #ICG ships Vaibhav & Vajra being despatched for fire fighting & pollution response assistance on #SriLanka govt request & also as part of regional responsibilities," the Indian Coast Guard said in a tweet. 

Vessels like ICG Vajra and Samudra Prehari have been kept on standby mode. Further, Director General, shipping has deployed Tug vessel Water Lilly.

"Help on way! Responding promptly as ever to the request by #SriLanka, #India dispatches #ICGVaibhav, #ICGDornier and Tug Water Lilly for fighting the fire on MV X Press Pearl off Colombo. @MFA_SriLanka," Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said in a series of tweets.

In addition, ICG formations at Kochi, Chennai and Tuticorin are on standby for immediate assistance towards pollution response. 

ICG is in continuous coordination and communication with Sri Lankan authorities for the operation. 

Further, ICG aircraft are being brought to Tuticorin from Chennai and Kochi for aerial surveillance and pollution response.

As per the Sri Lankan Navy, an explosion was reported from inside the vessel in the morning. All 25 crew members were evacuated safely out of the distressed container ship.

The Sri Lanka Navy said that the vessel's crew are of Philippine, Chinese, Indian and Russian origin.

The cargo ship was carrying a shipment of 1486 containers with 25 tonnes of Nitric Acid, several other chemicals, and cosmetics from Hazira port in Gujarat to Colombo port in Sri Lanka.

Last year in September, India had put its effort into averting a huge oil spill after MT New Diamond with 200,000 metric tons of crude oil on board caught fire off Sri Lanka's Eastern Coast.

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