MSC Cruises ‘MSC Lirica’ suffered a fire while berthed at Corfu on 12th March.
The fire started in a fibreglass lifeboat located on Deck 6 but was extinguished within a few hours.
MSC claimed there was very little damage sustained to the cruise ship, other than smoke damage.
The cruise company sent out a statement, which reads – ‘Today at 3:42 pm local time in Corfu where she is currently in warm layup, ‘MSC Lirica’ reported a fire incident into the MSC Maritime Support Centre in London, UK.
The fire originated from one of the ship’s starboard side fibreglass lifeboats on deck 6.
The fire has since been brought under control thanks to the intervention of the ship’s two fire brigades and the support of the local emergency services.
The incident operation was declared completed by 6:58 p.m. local time.
There were no injuries among the 51 crew who were on board the ship at the time of the incident.
From a preliminary assessment, there was no damage to the inside of the ship but only to her side, due to the flames and the dense black smoke caused by the fibrerglass lifeboats.
A full investigation is now in progress.’