Sri Lanka battles fire aboard mega container vessel travelling from Singapore to Egypt

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's navy was Wednesday (April 5) 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.