Repair work on El Venizelos awaits official investigation

Firefighters have now established the exact point where a fire broke out aboard passenger/cargo RoRo El Venizelos (IMO 7907673).

However, repair work will not start until an investigation by experts appointed by the Prosecutor’s Office of Piraeus and the Ministry of Shipping has been completed.

During the afternoon of September 4th three tugs pulled the ferry from Xavier Port in Piraeus to the Perama shipyards area. The ship has suffered considerable damage, with the fire that broke out in cargo hold 4, burning for four days. Temperatures of up 500 degrees Celsius were recorded Inside the decks. The ferry had been carrying 80 trucks and 152 vehicles, many of which suffered extensive or total damage.

Fire experts and fire-fighters began their investigations aboard the vessel on September 2nd. All vehicles that had been trapped in vessel had been removed, with about a third of the 80 trucks destroyed or damaged.

The fire broke out at about midnight on August 28th, eight miles off the island of Agios Georgios, 32 miles south of Piraeus. There were 875 passengers and a crew of 141 onboard, all of whom were safely evacuated.

1992-built, Greece-flagged, 38,261 gt El Venizelos is owned and managed by Anek Lines SA of Chania, Greece. It is entered with UK P&I Club (Area Group Piraeus H1) on behalf of Anonimi Naftiliaki Eteria Kritis AE.