Grimaldi Group updates on Eurocargo Trieste situation

The Grimaldi Group on Nov 26 has commented the seizure of RoRo cargo ship Eurocargo Trieste (IMO 9131515).

A fire broke out in the engine room of the vessel early on November 21st when she was about three miles off Livorno, Italy.

There were 25 crew members and 278 vehicles on board, but no passengers. The ferry was immediately brought closer to the coast. The fire was extinguished with internal fire equipment. A team of the fire brigade went on board to check the situation. Tugs owned by the Neri company took the ship in tow and cooled down the bulkheads with water cannons.

Grimaldi Group noted that, following the publication of some articles showing the ship’s alleged failure to comply with safety standards, it wanted to point out that the on the morning of the incident the master of the ship promptly alerted the competent authorities, fire brigades and tugs. The shutdown operations ended at 12:00, without damaging the 170 trailers on board. None of the 25 crew members was injured or intoxicated. A few hours after the incident, alleged anomalies regarding the ship’s safety equipment were notified to the Company.

Grimaldi emphasized that it took 10 hours work by the crew, the fire brigade and the nautical technical services of the port to extinguish the fire. The plants referred to were subjected to intensive use which had obviously compromised its functionality.

Grimaldi said that the anomalies raised were therefore a consequence of the fire itself.

The ship had been subjected to periodic checks by the RINA classification company, as well as external audits and inspections carried out by the Paris MoU Port State Control (PSC) and these had regularly certified the correct application of international health and safety standards and environment, Grimaldi said.

It added that at the most recent PSC inspection, carried out in the port of Livorno last September, there was no report of any ship deficiencies in the International Safety Management Code, nor to fire-fighting vehicles.

Eurocargo Trieste was built in 1997 at Fincantieri on behalf of leading Spanish shipowners. It was purchased in 2015 by the Malta Motorways of the Sea Ltd company and is currently chartered by Grimaldi Euromed SpA.

The ship is registered in Malta, a white-listed flag according to the Paris MoU, and is managed under the technical-operational profile of the Greek ship management company Valiant Shipping.

Grimaldi said that, immediately after the purchase, and over the past four years, the ship had undergone major upgrading at a cost of more than €4m, and that this had further increased its quality and safety standards.

Grimaldi said that it wanted to take the opportunity to express its appreciation to the Italian authorities, especially the Coast Guard and the Fire Brigade of Livorno, for their prompt intervention. The Group also thanked to the Commander and the crew of the Eurocargo Trieste ship for the promptness and professionalism lavished on the management of the accident.

1997-built, Malta-flagged, 26,536 gt Eurocargo Trieste is owned by Malta Motorways Of The Sea ltd of Valletta, Malta. It is managed by Valiant Shipping SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Malta Motorways of the Sea Ltd.