Fire at Sicily’s Milazzo Oil Refinery hampers vessel operations


Maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services is advising of extensive disruption after a fire broke out Friday afternoon (27th 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.

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