Fire on Irish Ferries ship brought under control


Over 200 passengers were put on standby to evacuate after a fire broke out on a Irish ferries ship early this morning.

The fire, which occurred in the thermal oil boiler, was extinguished by the ship’s crew. The boiler is used to preheat the oil used in the ship’s engines.

A statement by Irish Ferries said some 227 passengers and 89 crew on board the Isle of Inishmoreat Pembroke Dock in Wales, were alerted and put on standby to disembark if necessary. However at no point were any passengers in danger.

Local emergency services were informed and the crew along with members of the South Wales Fire Service examined and contained the area.

The 2.45am sailing from Pembroke and the 8.45am sailing from Rosslare were both cancelled as a result of the incident.

The Isle of Inishmorehas been in service since 1997 and operates on a scheduled of two return sailings between Rosslare and Pembroke. It can accommodate 2,200 passengers and around 850 vehicles.