Fire on Dover-Calais ferry disables vessel

A fire broke out in the engine room of passenger/vehicle RoRo Isle Of Inishfree (IMO 8908466) on Friday March 3rd while it was travelling from Dover to Calais.

Three lifeboats from Dover, Ramsgate and Dungeness, plus a French salvage tug were launched to assist.

The company said the fire had been contained. The tug dropped anchor in the English Channel and was subsequently being towed to Calais. The ship was carrying 94 passengers and 89 crew.

Passengers booked on Isle of Innisfree sailings were being transferred to alternative sailings, operator Irish Ferries said, noting also that “crews train regularly to deal with incidents at sea, and the company has put its training into action and the fire has been extinguished.”

HM Coastguard said: “The vessel has confirmed that the fire has been extinguished but it is experiencing technical issues. All passengers and crew are accounted for and no injuries have been reported.”

1992-built, Cyprus-flagged, 28,833 gt Isle of Innisfree is owned by Zatarga Ltd care of manager Irish Ferries ltd of Dublin, Ireland. ISM manager is Matrix Ship management Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Western Europe 7 Americas) on behalf of Zatarga Ltd. As of March 4th the vessel was moored at Calais.