The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) released the report of the joint investigation (with the Cyprus Maritime Administration) of the engine room fire on the passenger vessel THE CALYPSO off Beachy Head on 6 May 2006. The primary cause of the fire was the failure of two flange bolts on a fuel pipe, allowing fuel to spray onto hot exhaust piping. Investigation revealed that the engine manufacturer had issued two safety bulletins concerning the bolts. Due to the ship’s frequent change in ownership, the bulletins were not acted upon by personnel on this ship. Investigation also revealed a lack of familiarity by senior ship personnel with operation of the fixed fire extinguishing system. Source: HK Law
Cruise Liner Costa Allegra Adrift in the Indian Ocean After Engine Room Fire According to Reuters on 28, February 2012, the Costa Cruises Costa Allegra was adrift in the Indian Ocean after an engine room fire had been extinguished. None of the 636 passengers and 413 crew was reported hurt. LATER: Costa Cruises released the following statement: The company was notified that a fire had broken out aboard the Costa Allegra in the electric generators room
The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) released the Marine Occurrence Report relating to the engine room fire on the passenger ferry Harbour Cat in Auckland Harbor on 16 January 2003. While the ship was proceeding from Birkenhead to Auckland, a fire was discovered in the starboard engine space. The fire was extinguished and the ship proceeded to port on its port engine. One crewmember suffered smoke inhalation.
The Coast Guard took off a female passenger from the disabled ship in the Gulf of Mexico under tow to Mobile. A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew medevaced a female passenger who reportedly suffered a stroke and transported her to Dauphin Island to meet emergency medical services. The tug vessel Resolve Pioneer reported a broken tow line which was restored by the tug Roland Falgout. Meanwhile Coast Guard boarding teams assisted CBP agents with passport verification
All towing vessels except those in restricted services are required to comply with new requirements for fire protection equipment and procedures under an interim rule issued by the USCG. The rule is the first step in a two-pronged approach to implementing the requirements of the 1996 USCG Authorization Act, which directed the USCG to promulgate regulations requiring fire suppression systems or other measures to control fires on towing vessels.
The Carnival Corp. cruise ship Tropicale returned to port last Wednesday, three days after it was crippled in the Gulf of Mexico by an engine room fire. The Tropicale left Tampa last Thursday on a four-day cruise to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico, but will now be out of service for an undetermined time. The ship, with about 1,700 passengers and crew, docked at Port Manatee near Bradenton, Fla., about 30 miles (48 km) south of its home port of Tampa.
Civil service mariners aboard Military Sealift Command ammunition ship USNS Shasta (T-AE 33) rescued all crew members aboard a disabled commercial cargo ship May 12 in the Western Pacific near Saipan. Just after sunset, Shasta received a request from the U.S. Navyâ€™s 7th Fleet Battle Watch Center to assist the ill-fated MV Haurosi, which reported a major engine room fire. Traveling at full-speed, Shasta made the 90-mile voyage to Haurosiâ€™s location in just over four hours
The U.S. Coast recently published lessons learned resulting from a casualty investigation: Recently in the North East an 83-ft long passenger ferry which has the capacity to carry 306 persons experienced a small engine room fire. The vessel was just off its dock at the time the fire started and onboard were 110 persons. Because of the nearness to the dock, the vessel’s Captain chose to disembark the passengers prior to manually activating the engine room CO2 system and closing the
Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office New Orleans and the New Orleans Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire aboard a ship on the Mississippi River near the Napoleon Street Wharf yesterday. All personnel aboard the 560-foot German-flagged container ship Libra Rio Grand safely evacuated after a fire was reported in the boat's engine room around 10:45 a.m. The engine room was sealed, and the ship's fire CO2 extinguishing system put out the fire.
This morning a team of 16 salvage personnel boarded the 'Jolly Rubino' and pumping operations in the engine room continued. The water, rather than being pumped overboard, is being used to cool the engine room bulkhead as the onboard fire is still encroaching on this area. Working conditions in the engine room continue to be extremely difficult with excessive heat, poor visibility and intense smoke hindering progress
A fire aboard aircraft carrier 'USS Nimitz' (CVN 68) in the ship's electrical equipment was quickly extinguished by the ship's underway fire-fighting team. No Sailors were injured during the event or the response, and the ship and embarked air wing remain operable and in a safe
Resolve Salvage & Fire (Europe), Ltd., the European emergency response subsidiary of U.S.- based Resolve Marine Group, Inc., has added a new office at 23, Austin Friars, London, expanding the company’s U.K. operations base. The 34-year-old marine salvage
A crewman was airlifted to a hospital after a fire on board a tanker approximately six nautical miles north east of Whitby. Humber Coastguard was contacted by the tanker just after 12:30 p.m. reporting that they were dealing with a fire in the engine room.
Autronica Fire and Security AS has completed the first major refit project on a passenger vessel for its flagship AutroSafe 4 fire detection system. The refit of the fire detection system aboard Carnival Sunshine took place at the Fincantieri yard in Trieste, Italy, during April and May 2013.
Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced the release of the latest version of its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. These versions include all amendments dated 30 May 2013.
Crewmembers aboard the 314-ft fishing vessel 'Arctic Storm' extinguised an engine-room fire using the ship's Halon chemical firefighting system. The Coast Guard continues to respond to the vessel approximately 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash.
US Coast Guard cadet training barque ‘Eagle’ completes its first week of the cadet summer training deployment in the Atlantic Ocean. Eagle left its homeport in New London, Conn., and sailed more than 600 miles headed to the Caribbean while under sail power and using celestial
The Club advises of US PSC detentions of vessels where water mist systems have been found disabled or otherwise left in an inoperable condition. The detentions follow inspections by Port State Control (PSC) where the system water supply valve has been found in the “closed” position
Parat Halvorsen AS was assigned a contract to deliver a retrofit steam boiler to Polar Seafood Greenland and one of their trawlers, the M/Tr. Polar Qaasiut. The boiler is a combined oil-fired and exhaust gas boiler, type MCS, to comply steam production for the trawlers fishmeal and fish factory
Jotun launched Jotachar JF750, the passive fire protection (PFP) coating system which they say significantly reduces installation time and cuts material costs. Following an extensive development and testing program, the launch of Jotun’s new mesh free PFP helps owners
Milestone Systems' open platform IP video management software (VMS) is installed in the Hurtigruten ferry 'MS Nordlys'. Essential ship operations covered by the surveillance system include: guest reception, the retail shop, unloading and loading, wharf landings, car deck traffic
The GEN-SEP from exhaust systems manufacturer Centek Industries is used in conjunction with a Centek Vernalift muffler on generator sets to separate cooling water from exhaust gasses. It is upgradable to any generator system, and the water drain can be located below the water line to eliminate
Carnival Cruise Lines implements enhancements to emergency power capabilities, fire safety technology, & improved operating redundancies across its fleet. The cruise lines say that this enhancement program, is to cost more than $300 million, and rapid upgrades have already begun.
Revised IMO guidelines for maintenance, testing and inspection of fire protection systems and appliances will become effective on May 31, 2013 and are contained in the circular MSC.1/Circ. 1432. These guidelines should be followed in accordance with SOLAS regulation II-2/14
The Liberian-flag bulker 'Atlantik Confidence' reported an engine room fire and sank over the Easter week-end. Rescue of the 21-member Turkish crew was supervised by USS Nicholas which was dispatched from routine NATO Task Force counter-piracy operations in the area.