Posted on November 21, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Turkish Cargo Ship, Kilic 1, caught on fire in the evening of November 20th, approximately 8 nautical miles southeast of Cape Matapan, near the southern coast of Greece.
The vessel was en route from Tunisia to Turkey when a fire broke out in the engine room.
Kilic’s crew of 11, all Turkish nationals, did not manage to put the fire under control, and thus were forced to abandon ship.
Italian cruise ship, Costa Luminosa, arrived at the scene after responding to Kilic’s distress call.
The crew all boarded the cruise ship and are all considered to be safe and in good health.
Greek maritime authorities arrived upon the scene in force, with over six Coast Guard vessels, a navy helicopter and multiple tugs that attempted to put out the fire.
At the time of the incident, the Kilic 1 had approximately 20 tons of diesel fuel in its tank, but there are no signs of a fuel spill in the surrounding area.
It’s not clear as of yet what was the cause behind the fire.