On August 29, the 175 meter long, 5351 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry El Venizelos caught fire off Piraeus, Greece. The El Venizelos was headed to Chania from Piraeus with various vehicles along with 875 passengers and 141 crew. Some 30 miles off Piraeus, a vehicle caught fire which spewed out dense black smoke. The ferry’s fire suppression system was able to contain the blaze quickly, but many compartments were filled with smoke. The El Venizelos returned to Piraeus where passengers were safely evacuated and fire fighters extinguished the fire.
Reports state the vessel sustained minimal damage from the fire. Several passengers have stated there was some panic as they gathered on the lifeboat deck. However, there were no reports of injuries.
The 117 meter long, 1215 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Panagia Tinou suffered water ingress while berthed in Piraeus, Greece. The Panagia Tinou had been docked in Piraeus since 2015 when it had been seized by authorities for unpaid debts. The ferry remained in disrepair when it suffered water ingress along the starboard hull. The ferry developed a list of 40 degrees and was at risk of capsizing as it partially sank at the pier. No reports of injuries as there were no crew on board. Authorities dispatched several tugs to the scene while booms were placed around the vessel to contain any pollution released.
This is not the first time the Panagia Tinou had been in trouble. On October 15, 1987, the ro-ro ferry had lost power when an alternator failed and was blown ashore east of Folkestone, England. The following year the ferry collided with a trawler off Boulogne, France.
Two ferries collided in the port of Piraeus, Greece. The 27 meter long, 350 dwt catamaran passenger ferry Champion Jet 1 collided with 35 meter long, 161 gt Flying Dolphin Athina as the vessels were leaving port. No reports of injuries on either vessel. Reports state one of the ferries suffered some damage. The Champion Jet 1 was en route to Sifnos, Milos and Santorini with 307 passengers. The Flying Dolphin Athina was headed to Angistri and Aegina with 60 passengers on board.