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Indian Coast Guard addresses boxship fire eruption

The Indian Coast Guard has contained a fire that broke out on X-Press Godavari container ship at anchorage near Sandheads, 100km south of Haldia Port, on the morning of 28 September.

Unconfirmed reports say that the fire was caused by misdeclared or poorly packed containers, as the coast guard was alerted to the fire that had broken out in one container on the anchored 917TEU boxship.

The anchorage off Sandheads is located over 100km away from the Port of Haldia, south of Kolkata, in West Bengal.

The Indian Coastguard dispatched four ships and one aircraft to fight the flames on the 2008-built vessel and has reported that the fire has completely extinguished.

The four ships have escorted X-Press Godavari to the port of Kolkata, where the damage will be assessed.

X-Press Feeders was contacted by Container News but they refused to comment on the incident.

Source: Indian Coast Guard

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