General cargo ship on fire, crew evacuated, Greece CORRECTION

Nov 13 CORRECTION: Greek CG woke up on Nov 13 and blessed us with the news on Togo-flagged general cargo ship fire, which occurred on Nov 11 in Greek waters near Elafonisos islet, southernmost Peloponnese peninsula. Better late than never, I guess. Anyway, the fire occurred on board of general cargo ship AL HANI, not OSCAR I, as it was reported in initial news. Not hard to mistake, though – both ships were ballasting from Libya to Turkey, both are Togo-flagged and owned by Lebanon-based companies, both were in Elafonisos waters at the same time. More to that, OSCAR I turned north and anchored at Marathias anchorage, north of Elafonisos. She resumed her voyage on Nov 12. AL HANI meanwhile, was and still is off radar since late Oct, but understood, while en route, she anchored at Neapoli Voion anchorage, near Elafonisos, for reasons unknown. 14 crew were evacuated, fire reportedly, was extinguished. The ship remained at anchor and judging from fire pic, suffered serious damages – all superstructure looks to be engulfed in fire.
General cargo ship AL HANI, IMO 8314433, dwt 6479, built 1984, flag Togo, manager GLOBAL MANAGEMENT & TRADING, Lebanon.

Nov 12: Fire erupted in living quarters of general cargo ship OSCAR I in the afternoon Nov 11, and reportedly, spread further in superstructure, when she was ballasting in Greek waters near Elafonisos islet, southernmost Peloponnese peninsula, en route from Libya to Badalan Turkey. Greek Navy boat, tug and fire boat responded to emergency, 14 crew were evacuated, all are safe. Understood fire was extinguished or taken under control, OSCAR I taken to Marathias port anchorage, northwest of Elafonisos.
General cargo ship OSCAR I, IMO 7922934, dwt 3376, built 1981, flag Togo, manager SHIPTRACO LTD, Lebanon (EQUASIS).

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.