TSAVLIRIS and its subcontractors, Williams Fire + Hazard Control Inc.,
combined at the end of 1998 to contain and extinguish a fire
which raged for 48 hours through the 35,000 dwt bulk carrier Violetta
at anchor in Bolivar Roads near Galveston.
Tragically, two Greek mariners died when the blaze broke out
in the ship's engine room on 28th December,
although 23 other seafarers on board were rescued uninjured.
Α total of five tugs were engaged to tow the casualty to a safe berth
and, after a standby period, shifted her to an outer pier of Galveston port.
Full anti-pollution precautions were deployed around the vessel,
which had been waiting to load a cargo of grain,
but no leakage of fuel was observed in the incident.
The 1973-built Violetta, which suffered extensive damage to
engine room, bridge and most of her superstructure, was later scrapped in Mexico.