ECONOMYNEXT – Liberian registered MSC Messina, 63,000 dead weight tonne vessel has suffered an engine room fire 480 nautical miles off Sri Lanka and nearby vessels have been alerted to help, an official said.
The vessel had left Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port and was on her way to Singapore when it caught fire, but the crew had put the fire out.
“We have sent a warning for all the ships in our navigational area about the situation, and some ships near the damaged ship to provide support for the ship,” Navy spokesman Captain Indika de Silva said.
“At the moment a ship is actually on sight of the damaged ship.”
No formal request for assistance had been made to Colombo for help, but authorities were in contact with the distressed vessel, he said.
Sri Lanka is one of the busiest ports in the region. Sri Lanka has a large search and rescue area stretching beyond is territorial limit.
MSC Messina has a capacity of 4,700 twenty foot equivalent unit. The Mediterranean Shipping Company is the world’s second largest container operator. (Colombo/June25/2021)