On Friday afternoon a fire broke out on board the MSC Lirica cruise ship at the Port of Corfu, Greece. This is developing news with updates being constantly updated in this post so keep checking back.
MSC Lirica Fire
A fire broke out on the MSC cruise ship and it appears to be mid-ship on the starboard side. In footage posted on social media, it seems to be near the lifeboats with think black smoke coming out. It’s too early to know how the fire started.
The news first broke when local Maria Tatiita posted live footage as the fire started to break out aboard the MSC cruise ship:
At the moment no injuries have been reported and local authorities are on scene with the situation now under control. It took at least 50 minutes before a further rescue vessel arrived to help extinguish the fire.
The ship has remained on hold since January and according to the Cruise Ship Tracker has been at the port since March 1, 2021. The good news is that there are no cruise passengers onboard.
MSC Lirica entered service in 2003 and is over 65,000 gross tons with a guest capacity of over 1,900 at double occupancy along with 700 international crew members.
At the moment only the MSC Grandiosa is in operation with cruises out of Genoa through May 2021. MSC Seaside will join her by also cruising in Europe for the first time from May 1, 2021.
For now, MSC Cruises has canceled East Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises through April 2021. Cruises in the U.S. are suspended through May 31, 2021.
Cruise Hive has reached out to MSC Cruises and awaiting a response.
More updates to follow…
Footage Credit: Merlinda Ambojia