Archive of: Fires & Explosions

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Crew escapes as towboat burns on Lower Mississippi

Other towboats respond and push Leland Speakes aground near Greenville, Miss.

Web Bulletin 2018
Containership adrift after engine fire off BC coast

Containership adrift after engine fire off BC coast

A helicopter is dispatched to MOL Prestige to evacuate two injured crewmembers

Web Bulletin 2018
Crewmembers escape burning towboat on Lower Mississippi

Crewmembers escape burning towboat on Lower Mississippi

No injuries are reported after an engine room fire aboard George King

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Explosion on towboat in Kentucky kills three, injures six

Explosion on towboat in Kentucky kills three, injures six

William E. Strait was reportedly undergoing repairs when the blast occurred

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Captain's actions praised after Florida casino shuttle caught fire

Michael Batten decided against handing out life jackets, grounding the vessel instead

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One passenger dies, dozens escape as casino shuttle burns off Florida

One passenger dies, dozens escape as casino shuttle burns off Florida

The fire aboard Island Lady follows engine problems near Port Richey

Web Bulletin 2018
NTSB cites operator’s poor safety culture in Caribbean ferry fire

NTSB cites operator’s poor safety culture in Caribbean ferry fire

The 2016 fire aboard Caribbean Fantasy, a cruise ferry operating between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, started after fuel sprayed from the port engine, hit an exhaust manifold and ignited, according to U.S. investigators.

September 2018
Overheated fluid coupling causes engine room fire on Quebec tug

Overheated fluid coupling causes engine room fire on Quebec tug

An overheated hydrodynamic fluid coupling melted three fusible plugs, releasing hot oil into a tugboat’s machinery space and starting a fire that caused extensive damage, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has determined.

September 2018
Engine room fire leads to injuries, barge breakaway in New Orleans

Engine room fire leads to injuries, barge breakaway in New Orleans

A towboat pushing six barges caught fire while underway in the Mississippi River in New Orleans and burned for more than two hours.

August 2018
NTSB cites loose pipe plug in $3.7 million fire on vehicle carrier

NTSB cites loose pipe plug in $3.7 million fire on vehicle carrier

Investigators have determined that an engine room fire early last year aboard the U.S.-flagged vehicle carrier Alliance St. Louis likely stemmed from an improperly secured pipe plug.

June/July 2018
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