COSCO boxship catches fire in Arabian Sea

COSCO Pacific. Credit: Southern Cross Maritime

A neo-Panamax container ship operated by major Chinese liner operator COSCO Shipping Lines caught fire in the Arabian Sea while sailing to India.

The 2008-built 10,062 TEU COSCO Pacific had departed Port Klang, Malaysia, on 30 December 2019 and was on its way to Nhava Sheva when fire broke out in its cargo holds.

The emergency on 5 January 2020 forced the ship to divert to Colombo where it remains. The fire was extinguished, although details of the damage were not disclosed.

The burnt containers were offloaded and the vessel will be inspected for any problems before it can continue its voyage. COSCO Pacific is deployed on COSCO Shipping Lines’ Southeast Asia-India-Pakistan service.

COSCO Shipping Lines told SAS that the cause of the fire is being investigated and that customers have been asked to declare if they had made false declarations regarding dangerous cargoes.