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Fire erupts on cargo ship in Indian Ocean, 1 crew missing

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Fire erupts on cargo ship in Indian Ocean, 1 crew missing

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By Bharatha Mallawarachi | AP

June 25, 2021 at 3: 33 p.m. UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A hearth broke out on a container ship sailing toward Singapore in the Indian Ocean and one of its crew is missing, Sri Lankan and Indian authorities stated Friday.

Sri Lankan navy spokesperson Indika de Silva stated the Maritime Rescue Coordinating Center in Colombo acquired a message about a hearth on the Liberian-flagged ship, the MSC Messina. It left Colombo port in Sri Lanka on Tuesday and is about 480 nautical miles (890 kilometers) off the country’s southern sprint, he stated.

The Indian sprint guard tweeted that one of the ship’s 28 crew members used to be missing. It stated an Indian sprint guard ship and airplane were being deployed.

The fire came every week after a container ship carrying chemical substances sank off Colombo almost a month after catching fire, raising concerns about excessive environmental contamination.

The Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl is sitting on the seabed at a depth of 21 meters (70 toes). The ship burned for 12 days and sank after efforts to tow it to the deep sea failed.

The navy believes the blaze on the X-Press Pearl used to be precipitated by its chemical cargo, most of which used to be destroyed in the fireside. Particles including burned fiberglass and tons of plastic pellets contain severely polluted surrounding waters and a long stretch of the island nation’s notorious beaches.

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