SeaDream I Catches Fire Off Naples

By ,   September 2, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

The luxury cruise ship SeaDream I caught fire off Naples, Italy yesterday afternoon, September 1, with 105 passengers and 61 crew onboard.

The vessel was making a cruise between Amalfi and Palinuro in Tyrrhenian sea when one of its generators suffered failure and began to smoke. The flames engulfed the engine compartment and caused damages to the engineering. Ship's crew activated CO2 firefighting system and extinguish the flames within minutes.

For safety reasons all passengers and some crew members were evacuated by Coast Guard boat to nearby fast ferry Isola di Vulcano.

The fire damaged the main engine, so the cruise ship left without propulsion power. A tug dispatched by local authorities at the scene of accident towed SeaDream I to Naples. An investigation for the cause of the fire is under way.