• Tom Drake

Fire on MSC contained to the exterior of the ship.

Lifeboat fire did not get inside the vessel.

Things got pretty hot on the MSC Lirica when a lifeboat on the ship caught fire.

An MSC Cruises spokesperson: "Today at 3:42pm 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 fiberglass 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 18:58 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 fiberglass lifeboats." A full investigation is now in progress. "No passengers were onboard the ship at the time.

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