A major fire at one of the four Ports of Genoa has destroyed more than 1,000 vehicles, according to the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority, the port authority that manages all of the four Italian sea ports – Genoa, Savona, Pra and Vado. The fire was a result of a violent sea storm that hit the port on October 29.
“A major fire broke out at the Savona Auto Terminal after sea waters rose and flooded the port of Savona during a violent sea storm. Initial reports point to a short circuit in the vehicle storage warehouse which caused the cars to explode and catch fire rapidly, damaging over 1000 vehicles. Several hundred vehicles destroyed in the blaze were brand new Maserati stored at the terminal ready for export to the Middle East. No one was reported injured in the blaze,” said a report released by the authority
The terminal, which has a total storage capacity of 6,000 vehicles and is operated by the Grimaldi Group, spreads across 120,000 square metres and is located quite close to the quay in the Docks High Alps. Of this space, only 10,000 square metres is covered.
The Ports of Genoa have been hit by several infrastructural damages in the latter part of this year. Only in August, the Morandi Bridge in Genoa collapsed, resulting in the death of 43 people. Only last month, another major blaze hit the port authority building and destroyed it completely.
Following the disaster, the President of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority, Paolo Emilio Signorini, accompanied the Governor of the Liguria Region, Giovanni Toti, on a site inspection of the facilities of the Port of Savona. Together they met with the Mayor of Savona, Ilaria Caprioglio, and the stakeholders of the Ports of Savona and Vado Ligure to discuss the measures of the emergency response plan.
Governor Toti assured the shipping community the full support of the Regional Local Authority in conveying to Central Government the immediate requirements of the terminal operating companies hit by Monday night’s extreme weather conditions. The key objective of the Port Authority and Region is to resume in full port operations as rapidly as possible, with the option to adopt emergency procedures already in use in Genoa’s port in response to the disruptions caused by the tragic collapse of the Morandi Bridge.
The Port Authority and terminal operators will join forces to make an immediate assessment of the damage sustained and implement an emergency response plan. President Paolo Signorini has confirmed the firm commitment of the Port Authority to release emergency funds for immediate repair efforts.