Sri Lanka battles fire aboard mega container vessel

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In this image released by the Sri Lanka Navy on April 5, 2017, Sri Lankan naval personnel try to douse a fire aboard the Panama-registered MSC Daniela, which caught fire while enroute from Singapore to Egypt. The Sri Lankan navy directed the vessel to a location within Sri Lankan territorial waters and launched an operation to control the fire aboard the 14,000-container vessel. Ho/Sri Lankan Navy/AFP

April 5, 2017
(AFP) - Sri Lanka's navy was Wednesday battling a major fire aboard a massive container ship travelling from Singapore to Egypt.

The navy said it had received a distress call on Tuesday when the 14,000-container carrier was about 120 nautical miles (222 kilometres) away from Sri Lanka.

It dispatched a specialist fire-fighting ship to lead a fleet of smaller vessels out to sea to douse the fire aboard the Panama-registered MSC Daniela.

"There are no casualties among the 22-member crew," spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge told AFP.

"An Indian coastguard vessel which was on a port call to Colombo has also joined the fire fighting effort."

Walakuluge said the cause of the fire was not known.

The vessel has now been guided to a location just north of the Colombo port.