The 148 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Af Francesca caught fire off the Apulian Coast near Bari, Italy. The ferry was proceeding from Bari to Durres, Albania with 203 passengers and 53 crew when a fire broke out in the engine room. The crew was able to put the blaze out a short time later. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The fire disabled the vessel and tugs were requested. A tug arrived and towed the Af Francesca to Bari. All passengers safely departed and were transferred to other vessels. Authorities launched an investigation into the incident.