A fire broke out on the ro-ro cargo ship GALLIPOLI SEAWAYS on February 11, 2021. At the time, the vessel was in the Aegean Sea, en route from Istanbul to Trieste, Italy. Early reports indicate the fire started in a vessel that was on the cargo ship. There were 24 crew members and passengers on board. It is unclear if any crew members were injured, or the extent of damage on the vessel. The vessel is owned and operated by DFDS Denizcilik ve Tasimacilik.
There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels. The fishing vessel Onega sank while in the Barents Sea on December 28, 2020. On January 16, 2021, a small vessel sank in Alabama, resulting in at least one death. On January 17, 2021, the Ukrainian cargo ship Arvin sank with 13 crew members on board. The container ship Tanto Bersinar collided with the Tug Mitra Jaya XIX on January 23, 2021. A worker on board a barge owned by Zito Fleeting fell overboard on January 26, 2021, when the vessel was in the Lower Mississippi River near Jefferson Heights in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. The bulk carrier GIULIA I was struck by rough weather on January 26, 2021, resulting in one fatality and multiple injured crew men. A small recreational boat capsized on January 29, 2021 in Avoyelles Parish, LA, killing one. A recreational boat capsized on February 2, 2021 in San Augustine County, Texas. A recreational boat struck a channel marker on February 2, 2021 in Rankin County, Pennsylvania, resulting in one death. A fire broke out in the engine room of the container ship VERA RAMBOW on February 8, 2021. A crew member on the Russian cargo ship ATLANTIC PROJECT II tragically lost his life on February 9, 2021, during cargo operations.
Safe maritime companies must perform regular maintenance and inspections in order to ensure the safety of their crew members. When ship operators fail to conduct regular maintenance and inspection of the equipment on their vessels, dangerous fires and explosions can result. This not only puts the lives of hardworking seaman at risk, but can also endanger members of the public.
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The experienced and aggressive vessel accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of this tragic accident. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to vessel accidents, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.