The ferry Giuseppe Sa caught fire on 50 nautical miles off Port of Olbia, Italy. There were no reported injuries from the 113 people on board of the Moby Lines’ ferry, including 88 passengers and 25 crew members. After receiving alarm for the fire, the crew activated the CO2 fire fighting system and closed the compartment, preventing from spreading of the fire. The accident was reported to local authorities and Italian coast guard, which dispatched tug to assist the troubled ferry. Also ferries Moby Wonder and Moby Aki attended to the distress. Meanwhile, the crew succeeded to take fire under control and vessel successfully docked at the port, where the flames were completely extinguished by the local fire brigade.
According to preliminary information flames erupted within the vehicle deck, probably from a refrigerated truck. The Olbia Harbor Master has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
“There were no reported injuries among the passengers and the exact excess of damages will be accessed”, said the local authorities in official statement.
During the fire on board were 11 drivers, 82 passengers, 34 camper, a car, 10 articulated, a van and seven semitrailers.
The ferry Giuseppe Sa (IMO: 7382378) has overall length of 168.00 m, moulded beam of 21.00 m and maximum draft of 5.40 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 10,320 DWT and the gross tonnage is 12,804 GRT. The ferry was built in 1975 by STX Floro Shipyard in Norway.