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Fire erupts as ferry slams into crane at Barcelona port

Firefighters rushed to the port of Barcelona this morning as a ferry operated by Italy’s Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) slammed into a gantry crane. The crane collapsed and fell on four containers, sparking a large fire that could be seen from many kilometres away.

The Excellent was docking in very inclement weather with strong winds and heavy rain.

Much of the port has been closed as authorities try to get the fire under control. No injuries have been reported.

Another GNV ship, the Fantastic, was involved in an incident earlier this year at Barcelona, colliding with the Viking Star cruise ship.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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