A fire leaves a ferry adrift with hundreds of passengers on board on the Valencia-Palma route


The origin of the fire took place in the engine room of the ship Tenacia

  • Paula M. Gonzalvez
  • Journalist. Cover designer and editor. Trained in Criminology, Editorial Marketing and Cinema. Email: [email protected]

And fire on the ship Tenacia has left the ferry adrift in the early hours of this Monday with 411 passengers on board the ship when it was covering the route between Valencia y PalmaThe origin of the fire took place in the engine room of the vessel, 53 miles from Dragoon (Baleares).

Maritime Rescue units were dispatched to the scene, including the SAR tug Mesana, which was joined by the Baleària ship to provide assistance in case the crew had to be evacuated. At 11:20 in the morning, Emergencies reported that two more firefighting teams had joined the firefighting efforts.

The fire started at 2:30 a.m. in one of the technical rooms in the engine room, which is only accessible to authorized personnel of the shipping company. There were 350 passengers and 61 crew members on board.

The shipping company’s staff and the ship’s firefighting team have put out the fire using the ship’s equipment. Following safety protocols, passengers on board have been immediately informed and gathered at meeting points. None of the passenger areas have been affected by the flames and there have been no injuries.

After giving the warning by radio, the Maritime Rescue Service mobilised the ‘Salvamar Acrux’ from Ibiza, the ‘Salvamar Libertas’ from Puerto Portals, the ‘SAR Mesana’ from Palma and the ‘Marta Mata’ from Castellón, as well as the helicopter from Palma. The aircraft transported three firefighters from the Generalitat de Catalunya on board the ‘Tenacia’ and at around 09.00 hours it refuelled in Ibiza.

In addition, Baleària’s ‘Abel Matutes’ has also been stopped nearby since early morning in case it is necessary to evacuate the passengers of the ‘Tenacia’.

The ‘Abel Matutes’ was the only ship in the area that could provide assistance and the Maritime Coordination Authority territorially responsible for the management of rescue activities (MRCC) decided that it should remain in place, interrupting its journey from Valencia to Palma with about 400 passengers and also merchandise. The ship was then to set sail again from Palma towards Valencia.

The incident will therefore cause delays in the operations of both GNV and Baleària throughout the day. Baleària has apologised to the passengers, who have already been informed. GNV has indicated that they are studying alternatives for the passengers, as it is possible that the ship will be towed back to Valencia.

GNV has set up the telephone number +39 0102094599 for assistance to relatives. They can also call 112.

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