DFDS’ Pearl Of Scandinavia Fire off the coast of Sweden

DFDS’ Pearl Of Scandinavia Fire off the coast of Sweden – Wednesday, November 17, 2010 the Pearl Of Scandinavia with 600 aboard experienced a fire around 0600 hours that morning while the ship was head from Oslo to Copenhagen when smoke began billowing from the ship.

Swedish and Danish rescue units responded to the ship, which was about three miles off Sweden’s west coast, and were standing by to bring people off the ship if needed.

However, the ship’s owner, DFDS said that the fire was put out and no evacuations were needed.

“There are no reports of injuries,” DFDS spokeswoman Vivian Sivertsen said. “The ship is now heading toward Copenhagen without assistance.”

She said all passengers were evacuated from their cabins when the fire started and gathered in restaurants on one of the upper decks. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

Recently, Lisco Gloria in the Baltic Sea, was forced to evacuated the 236 people aboard. The fire was believed due to an accidental explosion on its upper deck. The exact cause of the fire has not been determined yet. No one was injured and no oil spilled.