Air Force douses fire on cargo ship near Bengal coast, pollution response team on alert
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Air Force douses fire on cargo ship near Bengal coast, pollution response team on alert

kolkata Updated: Jun 20, 2018 08:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
Indian Air Force,Cargo ship,Bengal coast

Smoke billowing out of the ship that caught fire off Bengal coast. (Courtesy: Indian Air Force and Coast Guard)

The Indian Air Force on Sunday managed to extinguish the fire on board a cargo ship that had been burning since last Wednesday off the Bengal coast.

An Mi17 V5 helicopter of the IAF carried out a Bambi bucket operation to douse the flames on the ship MV SSL Kolkata.

An Eastern Command spokesperson said the ship was stationary and floating upright after the operation. There was no sign of oil spill.

Coast Guard regional commander inspector general Kuldip Singh Sheoran said pollution response teams have been put on alert.

On Saturday, a naval operation to take the burning ship deeper into sea from near Kolkata port had to be abandoned after four fresh explosions on it.

However, the four marine commandos (Marcos) of the Indian Navy and four officers of the ship, who were winched down from a helicopter for the operation, had managed to anchor the ship that had been drifting since it caught fire.

The ship, carrying 10,683.51 metric tonne of cargo in 464 containers from Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to Kolkata port, caught fire after an explosion in one of the containers.

The 22-member crew, which tried to douse the fire, were rescued by the coast guard on Thursday morning and taken to Haldia port in east Midnapore district.

First Published: Jun 18, 2018 15:14 IST