Fire at Sicily’s Milazzo Oil Refinery Hampers Vessels’ Operations

Maritime Accidents, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on September 29, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Inchape banner3Inchcape Shipping Services, the world’s leading maritime services provider, is advising of extensive disruption after a fire broke out Friday afternoon (27 September) at Italy’s energy giant Eni and Kuwait Petroleum’s jointly owned Milazzo oil refinery, near the northeast coast of Sicily. The incident is thought to have been caused by flames that broke out on the roof of a 5, 000 litre tank containing gasoline.

The port of Milazzo’s terminal shore tanks were affected by the incident and all berthing/unberthing operations remain suspended. No injuries have been reported and firefighters have managed to bring the fire under control. Black smoke can still however be seen, as the fire will not fully extinguish until the oil tank is empty.

ISS-Tositti Milazzo will continue to report on the incident and publish updates on the ISS company website at www.iss-shipping.com. Customers requiring further information can directly contact our staff at ISS-Tositti Milazzo at iss.milazzo@iss-tositti.it.

Inchcape Shipping Services is the world’s leading maritime services provider. With some 300 proprietary offices in 66 countries, and a workforce of over 3, 900, the company’s diverse global customer base now includes owners and charterers in the oil, cruise, container and bulk commodity sectors as well as naval, government and inter-governmental organisations.

ISS provides landside commercial and humanitarian logistics, transit, offshore support, informational and other associated marine services. The company also provides a growing range of outsourcing services including global crew and marine spares logistics; port hub agency management; and sophisticated Enterprise Resource Planning solutions through its subsidiary ShipNet.

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