Single-decker ship Bellatrix, controlled by the Ukrainian company MD Shipping, caught fire yesterday while transiting in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, some 180 miles off the Sicilian port of Catania.
Early yesterday morning a mayday rescue message was sent from the vessel, with 12 seafarers on board, as fire broke out in the engine room and grew out of control.
The crew was saved by multipurpose ship Arife, which came to assist, while the Italian Cost Guard coordinated salvage operations by sea and air.
The 42-years old Bellatrix will be towed to the Turkish port of Alaga where it will be scrapped.
#8aprile la #GuardiaCostiera dopo aver ricevuto un mayday ha coordinato un'attività di soccorso in favore di un mercantile con incendio a bordo. #SAR #andràtuttobene #turestaacasahttps://t.co/81KHtTKlFw pic.twitter.com/Re1kE3G6Dy
— Guardia Costiera (@guardiacostiera) April 8, 2020