A Togo-flagged general cargo vessel has caught fire at the point which she was moored near Elafonissos, Greece, the Hellenic Coast Guard said.

Though the origin of the fire has not been made known, the Coast Guard said it started in the afternoon of November 11.

The ship which had 14 crew members on board at the time of the fire, has been identified as the 6,500 dwt Al Hani which arrived from Libya and was on its way to Turkey at the time of the incident.

Hellenic Coast Guard officials said two patrol boats were immediately sent to the scene, with one of the patrol boats evacuating the master and the seafarers aboard Al Hani.

Firefighting teams managed to extinguish the fire the following day while an investigation into the incident has been launched.

The Port Authority of Neapolis Vion has banned Al Hani from departure and initiated a procedure to impose administrative sanctions, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard.

Built in 1984, Al Hani is owned by Lebanon-based Global Management & Trading, according to VesselsValue data.

The shipowner reportedly hired a private company to provide salvage services and handle the incident.

In 2020 alone, Al Hani suffered technical issues three times. In addition, the vessel experienced an explosion in the engine room while anchored in Kerch Strait, Black Sea in February this year.

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