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Cargo ship en route Kolkata from Andhra Pradesh catches fire, all crew members rescued

A cargo ship named MV SSL Kolkata was carrying 10,683.51 metric tonne of cargo in 464 containers from Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to Kolkata. Almost the entire cargo was damaged in the fire.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2018 19:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Midnapore
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Coast Guard officials said there are no reports of fuel being spilled in the waters. (ANI/Twitter)

All 22 crew members of a cargo ship that caught fire en route Kolkata from Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh were rescued on Thursday.

The fire broke out around midnight on Wednesday when the vessel was near Sagar at the confluence of Hooghly river and the Bay of Bengal.

Personnel of the Coast Guard, who rushed from Haldia Port, rescued the crew members.

The ship named MV SSL Kolkata was carrying 10,683.51 metric tonne of cargo in 464 containers . Almost the entire cargo was damaged in the fire.

“The ship reported fire on the deck cargo containing chemicals at about 11 pm on Wednesday night,” Sanjoy Mukherjee, a Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) spokesman, said.

Krishnapatnam is a deep water port in Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh.

“There are no reports of fuel being spilled in the waters. If there is any such situation, we will take care of it,” said inspector general Kuldeep Singh Sheoran of the Indian Coast Guard.

“We are also seeking assistance of National Remote Sensing Centre for tracking of oil slick in the event of spillage,” KoPT spokesman Sanjoy Mukherjee said.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Jun 14, 2018 18:24 IST