Cruise

Investigation underway after cruise ship catches fire

Huntley Mitchell

Huntley Mitchell

A fire on board an MSC Cruises ship over the weekend has prompted an investigation into what went wrong.

The fire incident was reported by the crew of MSC Lirica to the cruise line’s maritime support centre in London on Saturday at approximately 3:42pm local time in Corfu, where she is currently in warm layup.

In a statement to Travel Weekly, MSC said the fire originated from one of the ship’s starboard-side fibreglass lifeboats on deck six.

Image supplied by MSC Cruises

“The fire has since been brought under control thanks to the intervention of the ship’s two fire brigades and the support of the local emergency services,” the cruise line said.

“The incident operation was declared completed by 18:58 local time.

“There were no injuries among the 51 crew who were on board the ship at the time of the incident.

“From a preliminary assessment, there was no damage to the inside of the ship, but only to her side due to the flames and the dense black smoke caused by the fibreglass lifeboats.

“A full investigation is now in progress.”


Featured image supplied by MSC Cruises

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