Ukrainian killed in fire aboard MSC MESSINA in Indian Ocean – MAE
As a result of a fire aboard MSC MESSINA in the Indian Ocean, a Ukrainian citizen died, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko said.
“On behalf of Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, the Ukrainian Embassies in India and Singapore quickly clarified the situation on the ship MSC MESSINA. It became known that on June 25, at a distance of 425 nautical miles from Port Blair on the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean, a fire broke out in the engine room of the container ship MSC MESSINA, causing the death of a Ukrainian citizen born in 2001, “Nikolenko told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday .
According to him, the ship with on board 28 crew members, including 26 Ukrainian citizens, was en route from Colombo (Sri Lanka) to Singapore.
“The fire was extinguished by the crew and with the help of several vessels located in the incident area. Other sailors were not injured as a result of this incident. Their condition is satisfactory.” , said the spokesperson.
He stated that the MSC MESSINA is currently being towed to Singapore. Estimated arrival date until July 4.
“The body of the deceased Ukrainian sailor has already been delivered to Singapore. Preparations for his repatriation have started. The case is under the special control of the Ukrainian embassy in Singapore,” Nikolenko said.