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.