M/Y Kanga Catches Fire in Croatia

7 September 2018 By Aileen Mack

On the morning of September 7, 40-meter M/Y Kanga caught fire while anchored on the southeastern side of Pelješac peninsula, Croatia. The 13 people aboard were successfully evacuated from the vessel and firefighters are on site putting out the fire, local media Total Croatia News reports.

The nine passengers and four crewmembers left the yacht, which was only recently delivered, in a tender. The captain said there are about 40 tons of diesel left in the ship’s tanks, so the vessel is being monitored in case of pollution and possible leakage.

The Croatian Ministry of Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure said the scene of the incident is being monitored, and efforts are targeted toward extinguishing the fire and preventing the vessel from sinking. The cause of the fire is unknown and will be identified as part of a Dubrovnik Port Authority investigation.

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UPDATE: 9/10/2018
Italian shipyard Cerri Cantieri Navalil, which launched Kanga in May 2018, released a statement on September 9: "CCN shipyard learnt with regret about the fire occurred onboard of MY Kanga in Dubrovnik. The causes for the fire are still unknown but we are glad no effects have occurred to people or to the environment. Since the very beginning CCN has given its full support and cooperation to the qualified authorities for all checks to be carried out."