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Fire on merchant vessel M V Amsterdam off Mumbai coast contained

Mumbai: September 10,2012

A major fire that broke out on merchant vessel MV Amsterdam Bridge off the coast of Mumbai on Sunday afternoon, has been contained. The Coastguard took over six hours to control the fire, and now the cooling process is underway."The flames have been contained but not extinguished. A thick plume of smoke continues to emanate from the vessel and fire-fighting as well as cooling operations are on," Coast Guard officials said. They added that they have not witnessed any oil spill so far even though the ship fuel tank contained 2,600 tonnes of heavy fuel.

The Coast Guard received the first SOS call at 5.15 pm yesterday from the captain of the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged cargo vessel, following which two Coast Guard ships - Samudra Prahari and Subhadra Kumari Chouhan - were pressed into action. The crew was rescued immediately.

 

However, when these two ships could not contain the fire, two more ships - Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sankalp and ICGS Sangram - were roped in, along with an emergency towing vehicle.

 
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