Containership MSC Daniela (IMO 9399002) continues to smoulder, more than a week after a fire broke out on the ship on April 4th while it was 120nm off the coast of Sri Lanka. The vessel is now at outer Colombo Anchorage. Firefighting tugs continue to hose water over the burned containers, preventing the re-emergence of flames. However, the containers on the 13,800 TEU vessel are still too hot to be inspected and local authorities will not allow the vessel to enter port until the fire is out completely and the containers are at a low enough temperature to be inspected. Daniela was carrying Hazard A cargo, so hazmat teams are monitoring the process.
The vessel is likely to declare General Average. All shippers should declare to vessel’s P&I Club with the bills of lading. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) had previously said that “the extent of the damage and cargo losses will not be known until the vessel has safely berthed and has undergone a thorough inspection. Customers with cargo on-board the MSC Daniela should contact their local MSC office.” Daniela was en route from Singapore to Egypt when the fire broke out. The crew of 22 were evacuated safely.
According to database Hull and machinery claims leader is Generali Ruck Ag for Mediterranean Shipping Company. P&I with West of England for owner Compañia Naviera Daniela SA.