MSC Daniela caught fire off Sri Lanka; no injuries reported

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Very large container ship MSC Daniela caught fire in the Indian ocean, 120 nautical miles off Colombo port in Sri Lanka.

The vessel was en route from Singapore to Suez Canal, when containers on the main deck in aft part inflamed.

The crew tried to extinguish the fire, but was unable to get control over it during the first minutes.

The crew changed course to Colombo and sent distress signal to the local authorities, requesting immediate assistance. Two tugs were sent to help while Sri Lanka Navy dispatched two Fast Attack Craft (FAC), P 436 and P 412, which might evacuate the vessel in case of emergency.

No injuries have been reported.

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