Fire Reported Extinguished Aboard Container Ship

JUNEAU, AK – The fire aboard the 781-foot container ship, India Lotus, is reported extinguished.

The India Lotus, en route Panama, reported a fire in the engine room to Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak at approximately 12:30 a.m. today.

The Air Station Kodiak C-130 arrived on scene at about 6:30 a.m. and the India Lotus reported they were no longer in need of Coast Guard assistance.

The Coast Guard continues to monitor the vessel.

Good Samaritan vessel Maersk Gateshead, a 958-foot United Kingdom flagged container ship, was notified via the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) and is scheduled to arrive on scene at 7:45 a.m. to render assistance as needed.

AMVER, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

AMVER’s mission is to quickly provide search and rescue authorities, on demand, accurate information on the positions and characteristics of vessels near a reported distress.

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