Fire breaks out after ferry collides with crane at Barcelona port

A ferry collided with a crane at the port of Barcelona on Wednesday, causing the crane to fall over and start a fire, eyewitness video showed.

Bulgarian seaman Petar Petrov filmed the ship manoeuvring into port and crashing into a huge crane on the dockside, before it fell over and sparked blaze.

Petrov told Reuters the weather had been bad and suggested that strong winds could have made it difficult to steer the ship.

A Barcelona city spokeswoman said nobody was injured in the accident, and the city's firefighters announced in a tweet that the fire had been put out hours after the ship crashed after a dozen firefighting vehicles and several ambulances had been sent to the port.

She said the flames coming from four containers that fell from the ship were extinguished with foam because some contained hazardous chemicals.

Grandi Navi Veloci, the Italian company that owns the ferry, issued a statement saying that strong winds and sea currents prevented the ship from docking, subsequently pushing it against the port's crane.

The ferry, which is 200 meters (650 feet) long was carrying passengers and vehicles, GNV said, and confirmed that nobody was injured.

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