Engine fire breaks out on Stena Europe ferry carrying ~150 passengers

   February 12, 2023 ,   Accidents

Emergency services were called in order to respond after a fire broke out on a ferry traveling between Ireland and Pembrokeshire on Saturday, February 11th, night.

The fire started coming from one of Stena Europe's engines on the Stena Line service between Rosslare Europort (Ireland)-Fishguard (Wales).

At the time of the fire, the ferry was ~2 nautical miles off Fishguard Harbour, the coast guard revealed.

The crew onboard the ferry extinguished the blaze, with Stena saying they "were alerted to a small fire on one of the ship’s engines".

The company added the crew had dealt with the fire "quickly" without "further support or incident".

Then the first fire temporarily reignited but was dealt with again.

Emergency services were also called to help as a precaution.

Fishguard and Moylegrove coastguard rescue teams attended, as well as 3 RNLI lifeboats, the Welsh Ambulance Service, a coastguard helicopter, and an air ambulance.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service were also involved. Firefighters were spraying the funnel to cool it down once the ship had docked.

The ferry company thanked the emergency services who had "deployed significant numbers of their resources as a precaution".

Stena Line said there were no injuries and all 88 passengers and 59 crew members onboard had "disembarked safely", with the voyage delayed by half an hour whilst the blaze was dealt with.

Although damage to the ferry was "minimal", it had been "removed from service" while they undertook a "thorough investigation" to try to find the cause of the accident.

Stena Europe ferry

The ferry company apologized to its customers "for any distress and inconvenience this has caused."

"We have reached an agreement with Irish Ferries that all those booked to sail with us will be transferred to their Pembroke sailing. Alternatively, passengers can choose to be transferred to an alternative Stena Line sailing at a different port."

For more Stena Europe accidents and incidents see the ferryboat's CruiseMinus page.