Grimaldi roro ablaze off Corfu

A Grimaldi roro carrying 239 passengers and more than 50 crew caught fire off Corfu this morning leading to a swift evacuation.

The Euroferry Olympia was heading from Igoumenitsa in Greece towards Brindisi in Italy when a fire broke out, likely starting from a lorry onboard. The captain gave the evacuation order at 4.30 this morning.

Five vessels of the Greek Coast Guard were deployed with other ships in the area also joining the rescue mission.

In 2019 more than 500 passengers were evacuated when a fire broke out on an Igoumenitsa to Venice ferry.

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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