Archive of: Fires & Explosions

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NTSB: Oil spray started fatal engine-room fire; new safety rules needed

NTSB: Oil spray started fatal engine-room fire; new safety rules needed

A fatal engine-room fire aboard a tugboat on Lake Ontario in 2012 was sparked when leaking oil sprayed onto a hot surface, investigators have determined.

December/January 2014
Carnival cruise ship blackout blamed on poor engine-room firefighting

Carnival cruise ship blackout blamed on poor engine-room firefighting

A Carnival Corp. cruise ship carrying 4,466 people went dead in the water off Mexico in 2010 because a connecting-rod fracture sparked an engine fire that was allowed to get a stranglehold on the vessel’s wiring due to crew error and firefighting-equipment failure, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

October/November 2013
Oil spill leads to fire, environmental cleanup aboard ship at Valdez

Oil spill leads to fire, environmental cleanup aboard ship at Valdez

A small fire broke out aboard a general cargo ship after mineral oil spilled out of containers, triggering a two-week environmental response at a Valdez, Alaska, dock.

September 2013
Three men burned when flammable vapors ignite, barge explodes

Three men burned when flammable vapors ignite, barge explodes

August 2013

Smoky fire at battery switch damages tugboat at California pier

August 2013
Captain dies from burns after towboat grounds on La. pipeline

Captain dies from burns after towboat grounds on La. pipeline

A towboat captain was fatally injured when his vessel ran aground on a gas pipeline in Louisiana waters and burst into flames.

June/July 2013
Although it has redundant engine rooms, cruise ship lost almost all power due to fire

Although it has redundant engine rooms, cruise ship lost almost all power due to fire

An engine-room fire caused a blackout aboard a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving 4,200 people adrift and suffering without power for lights, cooking or toilets for five days.

May 2013

Tugboat goes adrift after engine fire, bumps into barge in Hawaii

A tugboat shipping mixed cargo from Seattle to Honolulu caught fire, lost power and collided with its tow near Maui.

April 2013
Containership crewman suffers third-degree burns battling engine room fire near Calif.

Containership crewman suffers third-degree burns battling engine room fire near Calif.

A crewmember was seriously burned while fighting an engine room fire on a containership near California.

February 2013

Passenger seriously burned in stove blast on Maine charter vessel

A passenger aboard a charter fishing boat off the coast of Maine suffered second- and third-degree burns on one of his arms when a butane stove exploded on the vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

December/January 2013
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