The luxury cruise ship SeaDream I with 105 passengers and 61 crew caught fire off Naples, Italy. The vessel was making a voyage between Amalfi and Palinuro in Tyrrhenian sea, but one of the generators suffered failure and started smoking. The thick smoke and flames engulfed the whole engine compartment, causing damages to the engineering. The crew activated the CO2 firefighting system and succeeded to extinguish the flames within several minutes, but for safety reasons all the passengers and some of the crew were evacuated by Coast Guard boat to the nearby fast ferry Isola di Vulcano.
The fire caused damages to the generator and main engine, which left the cruise ship without propulsion power. Local authorities dispatched tug at the scene of the accident, which towed the cruise ship SeaDream I to Naples. The engine compartment will be ventilated and the damages to the engineering will be assessed. The local authorities orders special survey and inspection of the seaworthiness of the ship. The investigation for the root cause of the fire is under way.
The luxury cruise ship SeaDream I (IMO: 8203438) has overall length of 104.50 m, moulded beam of 14.60 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 450 DWT and the gross tonnage is 4,333 GRT. The ship was built in 1984 by STX Finland shipyard and operated by SeaDream Yacht Club Management. The vessel is one of the most luxury cruise ships in the world.
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