Posted on May 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire broke out on the Grimaldi Lines Italian-flagged RoRo, Grande Europa in the early morning hours of May the 15th while the vessel was transiting south of Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain.
The vessel, which has seen use primarily as a car carrier, caught on fire at approximately 03:30 am UTC, while en route from Salerno, Italy to Valencia, Spain.
Several Search & Rescue firefighting vessels were immediately dispatched to the scene in order to fight the fire while 14 of the 25 crew onboard the vessel were evacuated by helicopter.
The remaining crew stayed onboard in order to assist with the firefighting operations.
Following intense firefighting efforts by the Salvamento Maritimo response vessels Salvamar Acrus, Guardamar Caliope and Marta Mata, the fire was successfully put under control later on the same day.
Following the fire, the Grimaldi Europa was towed to the harbour of Palma, Mallorca, arriving shortly after 21:00 UTC.
Unfortunately, the cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.
This is the second vessel of the Naples-based shipping company, Grimaldi Lines to catch on fire within the space of a few months. Readers will recall that the Grimaldi-owned ConRo, Grande America sank while transiting through the Bay of Biscay back in March due to a fire onboard the vessel.