One dies in high speed ferry fire at Greek shipyard

One person has died following a fire aboard a Greek high speed ferry while docked at a shipyard in Drapetsona, Greece.

Hellenic Seaways confirmed the fire Monday aboard their Highspeed 5 catamaran ro-pax ferry while berthed in a shipbuilding area for routine maintenance and repair. The fire broke out at approximately 13:30. The company said one crewmember, the Chief Electrician, died in the incident.

Firefighting crews, according to local reports, quickly brought the fire under control.

Video from the scene shows that the fire tore through the upper decks of the vessel amidship.

The 85-meter ferry was built in 2005 and is known for its high speed (40 knots) and impressive docking maneuvers.

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