Archive of: Fires & Explosions

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Towboat captain in fatal barge explosion gets six months in prison

Towboat captain in fatal barge explosion gets six months in prison

An Illinois towboat captain has been sentenced to six months in prison for a seaman’s manslaughter conviction in the death of his deck hand in an explosion in 2005.

October/November 2015
Captain, family’s company convicted in Chicago barge-blast fatality

Captain, family’s company convicted in Chicago barge-blast fatality

A towboat captain has been convicted of seaman’s manslaughter in the death of a deck hand in an explosion aboard a petroleum barge in Chicago in 2005.

September 2014

Probe: Towboat fire spread because of inability to secure engine room

A fire aboard a Mississippi River towboat in 2012 spread rapidly and caused severe damage because the crew was unable to shut down ventilation and deploy suppression, according to an investigative report.

August 2014

Oceangoing container barge burns for two days near the Bahamas

A container barge caught fire and burned out of control for two days northeast of the Bahamas.

June/July 2014

NTSB: Sparks hit diesel-soaked toolbox, set tugboat on fire

A fire aboard a tugboat undergoing repairs in Baltimore Harbor probably began when sparks from a cutting torch ignited a toolbox, federal investigators said.

February 2014
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
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