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Engine Fire Breaks out on Stena Europe

There was a massive emergency services response to the Fishguard port after a fire broke out on the Stena Europe ferry on 11 February 2023. The Stena Line ferry was en route to Fishguard from Rosslare when the alarm was raised.

The multi-agency response included everyone from coastguard rescue teams from Fishguard and Moylegrove, RNLI Lifeboats from St Davids, New Quay, and Fishguard to a coastguard helicopter, Welsh Ambulance Service, an air ambulance, Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

At the time of the fire, there were 88 passengers on the ferry. All of them were issued with lifejackets as a precautionary measure. Luckily, the passengers disembarked safely after the vessel docked into the Fishguard Harbour.

Statements about the Accident on Stena Europe

“Just before 9.25 pm (February 11), HM Coastguard received an alert from a ferry reporting a fire in the engine room, the ferry was approximately two nautical miles off Fishguard Harbour, West Wales, a Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said.

He added: “All passengers safely disembarked the vessel yesterday evening.

In a statement, Stena Line Company mentioned how the fire aboard the vessel was small, and it was quickly contained with no harm to passengers or crew. Stena added. “A short delay incurred whilst the area was made secure before continuing on passage to Fishguard arriving 30 minutes behind schedule.”

One of the passengers, local musician Stephen Kearne said “It was clearly a very serious situation and I was preparing to spend time in the lifeboats.”

He added: “I'm a sailor, trained in sea survival so I knew how bad this could have got. In fact, if it had been very windy in heavy seas you would be reporting a very different and harrowing story.”

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  1. Did anyone follow the news about the Stena Europe ferry fire incident on February 11, 2023? It’s incredible how the emergency services, including coastguard teams, lifeboats, and more, swiftly responded to ensure the safety of the passengers.I would like someone to let me know, if something happens like this then what happens to your ticket? Do you get a refund or some sort of compensation?

    • Hey Marcyier,

      Good question(s),

      Here you can find the EU regulation regarding accidents on the Sea and the rules the ferry companies have to follow.

      Within the framework of the common transport policy, further measures need to be adopted in order to enhance safety in maritime transport. Those measures should include liability rules for damage caused to passengers, since it is important to ensure a proper level of compensation for passengers involved in maritime accidents.

      Hope this answers your question!



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