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MV SSL Kolkata Crew Members Return Safely at Haldia Port

India | News18 | June 15, 2018, 7:16 am
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 Crew members of MV SSL Kolkata arrive at Haldia Port, in West Bengal. The container ship ‘MV SSL Kolkata’ caught fire at around midnight in the Bay of Bengal and sought rescue and firefighting assistance. (Image: PTI)

Crew members of MV SSL Kolkata arrive at Haldia Port, in West Bengal. The container ship ‘MV SSL Kolkata’ caught fire at around midnight in the Bay of Bengal and sought rescue and firefighting assistance. (Image: PTI)

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 Coastguard officers welcome the rescued crew members of MV SSL Kolkata at Haldia Port, in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. (Image: PTI)

Coastguard officers welcome the rescued crew members of MV SSL Kolkata at Haldia Port, in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. (Image: PTI)

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 Bengal Coast Guard commander M.A. Warsi. (C) with the rescued crew members of MV SSL Kolkata at Haldia Port, in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. (Image: PTI)

Bengal Coast Guard commander M.A. Warsi. (C) with the rescued crew members of MV SSL Kolkata at Haldia Port, in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. (Image: PTI)

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 Indian Coast Guard ships sailed in the wee hours today (June 14) morning from Haldia, Paradip and Visakhapatnam to douse major fire onboard Indian flag vessel MV SSL Kolkata off sandheads. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Indian Coast Guard ships sailed in the wee hours today (June 14) morning from Haldia, Paradip and Visakhapatnam to douse major fire onboard Indian flag vessel MV SSL Kolkata off sandheads. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The container carrier was on a coastal voyage from Krishnapatnam to Kolkata with 22 crew (all Indians) and 464 containers. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The container carrier was on a coastal voyage from Krishnapatnam to Kolkata with 22 crew (all Indians) and 464 containers. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Whilst on passage the fire broke out due to the explosion in one of the container and gradually the fire spread over to 60 containers and became out of control despite efforts by ship’s crew. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Whilst on passage the fire broke out due to the explosion in one of the container and gradually the fire spread over to 60 containers and became out of control despite efforts by ship’s crew. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Due to major fire and bad weather conditions, the vessel start losing stability and Master of the vessel decided to manoeuvre ship in a shallow area off sandheads for shelter. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Due to major fire and bad weather conditions, the vessel start losing stability and Master of the vessel decided to manoeuvre ship in a shallow area off sandheads for shelter. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Despite bad weather and rough sea condition, the rescue operation is being undertaken by Coast Guard units. Coast Guard ships with external firefighting systems are already on their way to the datum to douse the major fire. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Despite bad weather and rough sea condition, the rescue operation is being undertaken by Coast Guard units. Coast Guard ships with external firefighting systems are already on their way to the datum to douse the major fire. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Since the vessel is manoeuvring in a shallow area off sandheads, the grounding and consequent oil spill from its fuel (211 MT) cannot be ruled out. The ships from Visakhapatnam and Chennai are embarking pollution equipment for controlling possible oil spill threat. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Since the vessel is manoeuvring in a shallow area off sandheads, the grounding and consequent oil spill from its fuel (211 MT) cannot be ruled out. The ships from Visakhapatnam and Chennai are embarking pollution equipment for controlling possible oil spill threat. (Image: Special Arrangement)