Ferry fire in Strait of Messina

Fire erupted on board of ferry VILLA SAN GIOVANNI in the afternoon Nov 27, when she was crossing Strait of Messina en route from Messina to Giovanni, Italy mainland, with 22 passengers on board. All passengers were evacuated by patrol boats while ferry was still in the Strait, all are safe. Ferry was taken to Reggio Calabria, probably towed, some two hours after fire. Fire reportedly, was extinguished, as of morning Nov 28 ferry was still berthed at Calabria, AIS is on. All photos http://www.meteoweb.eu/2019/11/reggio-calabria-spento-lincendio-a-bordo-di-un-traghetto-dello-stretto-di-messina-foto-video-e-riepilogo/1351810/#9
Passenger ro-ro ship VILLA SAN GIOVANNI, IMO 7929126, dwt 2500, built 1980, flag Italy, manager CARONTE & TOURIST SPA.

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.