Ship Catches Fire In India, Port Officials Avert A Catastrophe
Port officials at the Q5 berth of the Visakhapatnam Port Trust West averted a minor fire that broke out in the port vicinity.
A coastal vessel, the BD51 which was anchored in the Indian port city caught fire on Saturday.
Port officials were quickly notified about smoke rising from the cabin of the ship, which resulted in officials taking early precautions to avert the danger.
As of Monday, the casualty count is still at zero, owing to the fast response of firefighters.
BD51 was majorly used for crew change operations of many merchant vessels that visit the port of Visakhapatnam.
Port officials reported that oil-soaked waste jute, cotton, and boiler suits were the chief source for the origination of the smoke, aided by a short circuit onboard.
The vessel escaped with no long term damages, partially due to the rapid response of port officials.
Visakhapatnam, or Vizag, is one of India’s premier shipping ports, as it harbours the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy and many other naval yards which are of principal importance to the Indian Navy.