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Tourism minister gives update on doused cruise ship fire

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2015 | 12:56 PM

The Government says no one was injured on the cruise ship that caught fire this morning at the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port in Trelawny.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, gave the update this morning at a post-Cabinet press briefing.

The 1,112-foot Freedom of the Seas reportedly caught fire as it docked.

Operators of the vessel, Miami-based Royal Caribbean International said in a statement that the fire broke out in a mechanical area of the ship.

It said on-board fire suppression equipment put out the fire.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's Tourism Ministry says cruise shipping activities are proceeding as usual at the port.

In a statement, Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill said "the team on the ship were able to extinguish the blaze. We are currently in contact with our partners and the owners of the vessel and are keeping abreast of the situation."

Dr McNeil adds that "the fire was not very big and none of the visitors had to be evacuated."

The Freedom of the Seas is on a seven-night cruise that departed from Port Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday.

The company didn't say immediately whether the cruise would continue.