A fire broke out in the generator room of Costa Crociere’s 28,430 gross ton Costa Allegra in the Indian Ocean that left the adrift 20 miles outside the Alphonse island, but nobody was hurt in the incident. “Inspections on the state of the engine room are on-going in order to restart the necessary equipment to reactivate the functionality of the ship,” Costa Crociere said.
“The relevant authorities were alerted, including the Maritime Rescue Control Centre in Rome, which is following the situation ready to provide the necessary support. Tugs and other naval and aerial units have been dispatched to the ship, drifting over 200 miles south-west of the Seychelles and about 20 miles from Alphonse Island."
The ship left Diego Suarez on Saturday and was cruising towards the port of Victoria for Mahè in the Seychelles where it was expected to arrive on 28 February. The ship had 636 passengers on board. Costa Allegra was built in Finland in 1969 as Annie Johnson, a container vessel of the now defunct Stockholm based Johnson Line. Following a period in lay up in the late 1980s, it entered service as Costa Allegra in December 1992 after rebuilding in Italy that included lengthening the hull by 14 metres and fitting of new engines.