Both fires were small and occurred on July 9th. The first fire was inside a nearly completed passenger stateroom, while the second one was in a storage room (opposite to the cabin) where workers found a rubbish bin with a burning garbage bag.
During the accident, a security guard was hospitalized and treated for smoke inhalation. The fire brigades from Papenburg/Aschendorf along with the Meyer Werft fire brigade arrived at the scene and were able to quickly extinguish both fires.
The initial damages to the vessel are estimated at ~EUR 60,000.
The police are investigating various scenarios saying that arson could not be ruled out.
P&O UK's second EXCEL-class unit Arvia is now at the final building stage, scheduled to commence operations on December 9.
Arvia (Meyer Werft's 51st cruise ship) has volume 184700 GT-tons and max passenger capacity 6264 (plus 1762 crew).