Fire broke out in the engine room of the ro-ro passenger ferry Ierapetra L on Saturday, Novemebеr 29.
The 139-metre long vessel was 25 nautical miles from the port of Brindisi en route for Igoumenitsa when the accident occurred. The 23 crew members requested assistance. The Italian Coast Guard (ICG) dispatched several vessels to the scene.
Several hours later, the blaze was brought under control by the onboard fire supression system of the ferry before spreading to other decks.
There were no reports of injuries or pollution released, but the engine room of the ferry was significantly damaged. The vessel also had visible signs of damage to her hull due to the heat.
Having brought the fire under control, the ICG patrol boats escorted Ierapetra L back to the port of Brindisi.
Ierapetra L (IMO number 7429669 and MMSI 237485000) was built in 1975. The vessel has a gross tonnage of 7,505-GT.