An explosion has occurred on board Northern Guard, container vessel registered in Liberia, causing the dead of one crew member. The accident happened on April 6 while the ship was en route from Pipavav, India (left on April 4) to Colombo, Sri Lanka. The explosion occurred in one of the cargo holds. The accident did not cause any pollution. The Coast Guard of India was immediately informed.
Norther Guard sailed under her own power to the port of Mumbai, India. Currently, the vessel is anchored at the port. She has been boarded by safety experts, authorities, investigators and the P&I Club representatives.
The first assessment of the cargo ship has shown the vessel has suffered damage to a number of containers in the cargo hold and to the cover of the hatch, a full evaluation will be ready within a few days. The crew of the vessel is being attended by a doctor. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Northern Guard (IMO number 9348455, MMSI 636091384) is a 53,870 -ton container vessel with capacity of 4,319 TEU. The ship was built in 2008 and her owner is Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt GmbH & Co. KG (Germany). The company manages a fleet of 70 vessels (size range of 1,200 TEU to 8,400 TEU) with total capacity of 330,000 TEU. Current position of Northern Guard.