Posted on November 01, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
A passenger ferry crashed into a loading crane at the port of Barcelona, early in the morning of October 31th , causing an enormous fire in the process.
Strong winds caused the 650ft long passenger ferry to be blown off course, crashing into a port dock and toppling over a loading crane in the process.
The crane hit a fuel deposit as it crashed, causing a chemical spill resulting in an explosion that led to a blazing inferno that lasted several hours.
It took over a dozen firefighter crews more than three hours to put out the fire. According to the local port authority, there were no injuries reported and the fire is now fully under control.
The vessel, which has been identified as the Italian-flagged, Passanger-RoRo, Excellent, is operated by the Italian company Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV).
A local port workers’ union tweeted as to the accident: “The ship Excellent, operated by GNV Traghetti, has had to abort its docking manoeuvre because of the bad weather conditions. As it was trying to leave the port the wind has pushed it against a crane which has fallen to the ground.”
The ferry was carrying over 400 passengers at the time of the accident, many of which were bound for the port of Barcelona.
According to the port authority, the remaining passengers disembarked the ship and are waiting for another GNV vessel to transport them to Tangier.