In a statement, operator Shreyas Shipping and Logistics confirmed that the 1,100 TEU Kolkata caught on fire at 2215 hours June 13 after an explosion on deck.
The crew attempted to fight the fire through the night but were not successful in containing its spread.
The following afternoon, all 22 of the vessel’s crew abandoned ship and were rescued by the Indian Coast Guard cutter RCGS Rajkiran. No injuries were reported.
Inspector General Kuldeep Singh Sheoran of the Indian Coast Guard said that the cause of the blaze is under investigation but there was no sign of a fuel spill at present. He also suggested that strong wind conditions aided the blaze’s spread from container to container.