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Greek Firefighters Extinguish Fire on U.S.-Flagged Car Ship

March 13, 2012

Greek firefighters extinguished a fire aboard the U.S.-flagged car and truck transport ship “Alliance Norfolk” early today while it was anchored in the Port of Piraeus, the Greek Coast Guard said.

The operation involved two fire-fighting boats, 30 firefighters, a unit of the Greek Emergency Rescue Squad and a coast guard rescue boat, the coastguard said in a statement on its website.

The crew of 23, all foreign nationals, and five passengers are all safe and unhurt; one injured fireman was treated in hospital, according to the statement. No indication of damage was given.

The ship belongs to Hoegh Autoliners AS, a unit of Oslo- based Leif Hoegh & Co. (LHO), according to the company’s website. The ship was destined for Saudi Arabia and had docked at Piraeus for an insurance inspection. It can’t sail until it has had a safety inspection, the state-run Athens News Agency said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Tugwell in Athens at ptugwell1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at jcolten@bloomberg.net


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