ICGS Subhadra Kumari Chauhan that was on routine patrol was instantly diverted towards the ship on receipt of the message. Indian Coast guard specialised Pollution Response Ship ICGS Samudra Prahari sailed at 18:00 hrs for securing the fire fighting help. In addition, Indian Coast Guard Ships Sankalp and ICGS Samrat were also sailed to augment the fire fighting actions at scene of fire. On request of the Indian Coast Guard, DG Shipping mobilised the emergency towing ship SCI Pawan that arrived at the zone at 18:00 hrs and started fire fighting assistance. Other than the Indian coast guard vessels, 2 Indian Naval Ships, 2 Mumbai Port Trust Fire fighting tug boats and 5 ONGC OSVS tug boats have also arrived at the zone for Coast Guard assistance in extinguishing the fire.
“The consolidated fire fighting actions have restricted fire in the midvessel portion of the vessel and prevented from spreading to other compartments. The actual place of blaze has been localised in hold number 3. Further evaluation by the Coast Guard Team is in progress,” informed the Indian Coast Guard.
The ship is currently anchored 8 km south west of Prongs Light and is understood to be holding approximately forty-five tons of dangerous loads in twenty-four containers.
“Fire has been contained but not totally extinguished as thick plumes of smoke are still continuing to emanate from the ship,” according to the Indian Coast Guard release.