Colombo: Rescue workers evacuated all crew members from a container ship off the coast of Sri Lanka when a fire broke out on board and two people were injured. A Sri Lankan navy spokesman said on Tuesday.
Navy spokeswoman Indica de Silva said an explosion was reported inside the vessel, adding that an Air Force helicopter was using dry chemical powder to contain the fire.
The container ship MV Express Pearl was traveling with the Singapore flag and was carrying cosmetics and chemicals, including 25 tonnes of nitric acid, when a fire broke out in the container on Friday, officials said.
The ship left the Hazara port in India on May 15 and was en route to Singapore via Colombo.
Sri Lankan officials said experts from the Netherlands and Belgium were surveying the plane, while neighboring India had promised to send a plane and a plane to help fight the fire.
“A special Dutch flight with vital firefighting equipment is now expected to arrive in Sri Lanka,” said Rohtha Abby Gonvardina, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Shipping.