A fire broke out yesterday at the port of Venice on board 2007-built kamsarmax bulk carrier Star Maria.
The vessel, owned by Star Bulk Carriers, was carrying coal to Venice-Marghera for the local power station managed by Italian energy company Enel.
Local reports claim that the fire developed from cargo holds number 4 and 5 due to spontaneous combustion of the cargo. Coast Guard and Fire Department units were immediately deployed and the fire was extinguished a few hours later.
The vessel, which had arrived from the Italian port of Brindisi, will remain in Venice until investigations are complete.