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Updated MSC Cruises statement about fire on MSC Lirica...

‘Today at 15:42 local time in Corfu where she is currently in warm lay-up, MSC Lirica reported a fire incident into the MSC Maritime Support Centre in London.

‘The fire originated from one of the ship’s starboard-side fibreglass lifeboats on deck 6.

‘The fire has since been brought under control thanks to the intervention of the ship’s two fire brigades and the support of the local emergency services.

‘The operation was declared completed by 18:58 local time. There were no injuries among the 51 crew who were on board the ship at the time of the incident.

‘From a preliminary assessment, there was no damage to the inside of the ship but only to her side due to the flames and the dense black smoke caused by the fibreglass lifeboats.

‘A full investigation is now in progress.’

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