Container ship disabled by fire in engine room

Container ship UNITED OCEAN suffered fire in engine room in the morning Oct 30 in Mediterranean, some 100 nm northeast of Misrata, Libya, while en route from Misrata to Algeria. Disabled vessel started to drift and issued distress signal at 0800 CEST, asking for assistance. Italian Navy ship MIMBELLI was sent to assist, Norwegian PSV SIEM PILOT, engaged in FRONTEX, may be also deployed, if need be. No injures reported, 12 crew safe.

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