Archive of: Fires & Explosions

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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
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
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