The passenger ferry Sorrento Jet caught fire at the dock of Marina di Vieste, Italy. The ship has no passengers on board, when superstructure started smoking and flames engulfed the whole passenger compartment. The fire extended rapidly and was worsened by the strong winds. At the scene of the accident were dispatched several firefighting teams and trucks, which succeeded to extinguish the fire within several hours. During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution, but the ferry suffered serious damages and will be out of order for some time during repair works, inspection and survey.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the fire. They are considering even arson or other intentional actions.
The passenger ferry Sorrento Jet (IMO: 8906729) has overall length of 41.90 m, moulded beam of 7.80 m and maximum draft 2.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 38 DWT and the gross tonnage is 366 GRT. The vessel was built in 1990 by Babcock Isla od Wight shipyard in UK. The ferry is owned and operated by Italian company Navigazione Libera del Golfo.