Explosion followed by fire on board a cargo ship off Jorf Lasfar: three dead and several injured

Explosion followed by fire on board a cargo ship off Jorf Lasfar: three dead and several injured
Explosion followed by fire on board a cargo ship off Jorf Lasfar: three dead and several injured

The incident occurred on board the Panamanian-flagged vessel Toro Rosso, approximately 8 nautical miles from the port of Jorf Lasfar, it has been learned Le360 from a reliable Source.

Chartered by an Ethiopian company, the cargo ship was preparing to return to the ore port to load a cargo of fertilizer when suddenly a violent explosion was heard, followed by a fire which took over the engine compartment, notes the same Source .

The cause of the fire, which broke out around 10:00 this morning, is unknown, but a false maneuver could be at the origin, underlines a maritime expert.

Around twenty crew members were present on board the ship, the majority Syrians, one Egyptian and two Europeans.

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Immediately alerted, the authorities of the city of El Jadida, led by the governor of the province of El Jadida, launched a general mobilization to put out the flames.

The action carried out by the firefighters, with the help of a maritime gendarmerie helicopter, made it possible to contain the fire and evacuate the bodies of the deceased sailors, the injured and the other crew members trapped on board. of the cargo ship.

According to public data consulted by us, the Toro Rosso ship, of the Bulk Carrier type, was built in 1997. It was last seen on May 15 crossing the Suez Canal.

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