The Italian Coast Guard, the Guardia Costiera, saved 18 seafarers after the HALA B, a general cargo ship caught fire three miles away from the Italian port of Chioggia in the Adriatic Sea.
The Guardia Costiera said that all crewmembers were “in good health” and that the quick reactions of the firefighters aboard tug boats extinguished the fire and prevented serious injuries.
According to sources, the fire began in the vessel’s engine room at 6 pm on February 26, 2019, and an alarm was raised to the Guaria Costiera and the Chioggia Port Authority.
Following that, six tug boats were deployed to extinguish the fire and the operation was completed by approximately 3:30 am on February 27, 2019. The vessel was carrying wood and it is believed that the cargo was not affected in the mishap.
HALA B is a 1985-built, 8881 dwt bulk carrier. It flies a Belize flag. According to Marine Traffic, it is still at anchorage off Italy’s east coast.
(Reference: Port Technology)
Sea News, March 1