A Belize-flagged general cargo vessel was on fire off Italy, and its crew was evacuated as local sources state. The 18 crewmembers were saved and no injuries have been reported. Thus, authorities are investigating the incident to find out the exact cause.
Specifically, the 8.900 dwt Hala B was on anchor near the Port of Chioggia.
During its anchorage the vessel caught fire. The fire started from the engine room in the evening hours on February 26, according to Guardia Costiera.
Firefighters immediately came to the rescue, with the help of tugs and hydrants.
At the time of the incident, the 1985-built ship was loaded with a cargo of timber.
Generally, many are the incidents reported that have to do with fire starting from the engine room.
Therefore, the Swedish Club has already published a report informing seafarers how to prevent engine room fires.