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Another ferry fire sadly. But thankfully it seems all have been evacuated.. I'm sure the fine weather helped immensely on this one compared to the other recent one.

 

And it seems another of the Vincentii class if that's how they are spelt...

 

Glad it has been a relatively successful conclusion for those onboard.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/11568947/Spain-ferry-on-fire-with-more-than-150-passengers-on-board-leaving-Majorca.html

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Good grief, two of them in a few months. Not exactly confidence-inspiring in the safety of these budget ships. BF really need to wake up and replace Etretat with something more suitable.

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Good grief, two of them in a few months. Not exactly confidence-inspiring in the safety of these budget ships. BF really need to wake up and replace Etretat with something more suitable.
The report into the cause of the fire onboard Norman Atlantic has not yet been released, nor has there been any indication into the cause of the Sorrento fire. This class of vessel have been operating for many years now, and the vessels meet all regulatory requirements. However, I am sure all the operators are in close communication with the authorities and builders, in much the same way airlines would be following an incident.

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I am not re-assured. Passenger vessels have to meet the necessary standard or are impounded or given short periods to bring them back up to scratch. The pictures of the Sorrento show, once again, that it was not possible to contain a fire, and has again been catastrophic. Reports state that the Master didn't think it was necessary to evacuate the vessel initially, so something went very wrong. I am not a fan of these ships and won't be sailing on one.

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Open car decks are obviously helpful to fire spreading with plenty of oxygen to fuel it but then enclosed car decks can have other disadvantages. No point scare mongering. Coincidences happen. Yellow amphibious ducks ring any bells. Suddenly they all started to sink or catch fire after no problems. Yes, perhaps the design is not good for containment but then fires onboard seem too regular. Is it the ship, is it the lorries as they do seem to be a cause and no matter how good the ship, a budget or poorly maintained truck can have devastating results. We need to get our exercise down the gym, not by jumping to conclusions, running vessels down or leaping onto band wagons.

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