Claims News Service, Feb.7, 10:36 a.m. EST — A ferry carrying more than 1,400 people sank after catching fire in the Red Sea Feb. 3 while crossing from Saudi Arabia to Egypt. Officials believe around 1,000 people to be dead, with some 400 people rescued. The vessel was owned by the Egyptian firm Al-Salam Maritime Transport Company, according to reports, who said the ship was carrying 1,310 passengers and an Egyptian crew of 104. The ferry was reported to be carrying about 220 vehicles.

Survivors said the captain of the ship refused to turn around when a fire broke out in the vessel’s car deck about 20 miles into its 130-mile journey. As the fire burned, the crew instructed passengers to go to the opposite side of the vessel in an attempt to keep it from sinking, reports said. An explosion was heard, and high winds helped collapse the vessel. There were also reports that the captain fled in a lifeboat, abandoning passengers.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free
PropertyCasualty360 Digital Reader.


  • All news coverage, best practices, and in-depth analysis.
  • Educational webcasts, resources from industry leaders, and informative newsletters.
  • Other award-winning websites including and

Already have an account?


© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.



Join PropertyCasualty360

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed decisions for your P&C insurance business. Join now!

  • Unlimited access to - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including, and
  • Exclusive discounts on PropertyCasualty360, National Underwriter, Claims and ALM events

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join PropertyCasualty360

Copyright © 2024 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.