Container fire on Stena Line ferry reportedly under control

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A fire that broke out on the Stena Scandica vessel today is now under control according to the Swedish Maritime Administration's spokesperson. The ferry, previously known as the Lagan during its time on the Belfast-Liverpool route, was near the Swedish island of Gotland when the fire began around 12.40pm local time.

Container fire on Stena Line ferry reportedly under control
Photo: Rodhullandemu, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The spokesperson, Stefan Elfström, told Swedish state broadcaster SVT that passengers on board had been taken care of and that there are no reports of anyone being hurt.

“We have received reports that the fire is under control, but we have alerted boats and helicopters and cooperated with the Sea Rescue Society, the Coast Guard and merchant shipping if it is the case that we need to evacuate. As it looks now, we don’t need it,” said Elfström.

Jonas Franzén of the Swedish Maritime Administration also told SVT that the fire had started in a refrigerated container on the car deck.

Photos published by the Norwegian press in the link above show the situation on the top deck of the ferry.

According to Martin Risberg, CEO of Destination Gotland, Sweden Rescue has asked them to assist with help.

“Our ferry MS Visby was on its way from Nynäshamn to Visby but has diverted towards Stena Scandica. I don’t know at the moment how close it came to Stena Scandica. Among other things, we are preparing our helicopter deck,” he said.


Photo: Rodhullandemu, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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