The ferry SNAV Toscana, with 113 passengers and 75 crew on board, caught fire in engine room on about a mile off Palermo, Italy. The vessel was en route from Naples, but in the morning of February 19 there was alarm for fire in the engine room. The crew reacted immediate and succeeded to get the flames under control without putting the passengers in danger. The ferry SNAV Toscana successfully docked in Palermo by own power, but the evacuation of the passengers has not started yet, as it was feared that opening the tailgate may again fuel the fire. Once docked at the pier Saint Lucia, the crew continue with the firefighting and succeeded to extinguish the flames. Later all the passengers were disembarked without reported injuries.
“The crew, promptly intervened as trained, are now continuing activities in constant coordination with the structures in charge of land”, said SNAV in a statement. “Passengers, as per procedure, were gathered at collection points provided, where they are kept informed about the evolution of the situation”, adds the statement of the ferry operator.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. The vessel will remain in Palermo until further repairs and special inspection. Fortunately during the incident there were no injured people and no reported serious damages to the vessel.
The ferry SNAV Toscana (IMO: 7826790) has overall length of 169.00 m, moulded beam of 27.00 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 3,630 DWT and the gross tonnage is 30,316 GRT. The ship was built in 1981 by Oresundsvarvet in the shipyard in Landskrona, Sweden.