NEWS: Here’s an update on the the fire that broke out on MSC Cruises Lirica cruise ship in Corfu, Greece at 3:30 p.m. local time today. It started on an empty lifeboat on Deck 6 says a MSC Cruises official.
There were 51 crew members on board and no passengers during the fire that broke out on MSC Cruises Lirica. No injuries have been reported. Firefighters brought the fire under control in about one hour. Damage has occurred to balconies, other lifeboats and more.
The ship has been docked in Corfu since January 30 in “warm lay-up” meaning it could have been brought back to service sooner since machinery, navigational, lifesaving and other equipment had been kept up to date.
The MSC Cruises Lirica was launched in 2002, christened in 2003, and can carry up to 2,500 passengers and 750 crew at full occupancy. She was the first new-build ship for MSC Cruises.
A full investigation of the fire is underway.
In 2007, the MSC Cruises Lirica’s bow area was damaged against a pier in Civitavecchia due to strong winds.
The MSC Opera is an identical ship to the MSC Cruises Lirica.
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