Libera-flagged box ship MSC Messina suffered fire damage off the coast of Sri Lanka has arrived in Singapore for repairs, according to the country’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA)
The 4,743-TEU ship suffered a fire outbreak in the engineroom on 25 June 2021 in the Bay of Bengal, while MSC Messina was en-route from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Singapore.
The fire was put out and the vessel was towed to Singapore for repairs and cargo operations, arriving in Singapore last week (6 July) to discharge containers, and is now in an unnamed shipyard for repairs.
MPA confirmed that one crew member has died and it has facilitated the repatriation of the body to deceased’s country of domicile with six others isolated in line with Covid-19 prevention measures.
An MPA statement said “Six members of the MSC Messina crew are currently serving their 14-day stay home notice (SHN) at an SHN dedicated facility. They will return to the ship upon completion of the SHN and negative PCR tests, and thereafter be placed under rostered routine testing. The agent has made arrangements for the remaining crew to sign off and return to their country of domicile.”
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