Fire in engine room of beam trawler Our Roseanne

Location: Haile Sands at the entrance to the River Humber, England.

Completed PE Summary: Our Roseanne

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Port of registry:   Plymouth
Flag:   UK
Type:   Beam Trawler
Built:   1997
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   9.99m
Gross tonnage:   8.93
Date & Time   0456 04/11/06
Location of incident:   Haile Sands, Humber entrance
Incident Type:   Fire
Persons onboard:   3
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor fire and smoke damage


While fishing for shrimps off the River Humber entrance, Our Roseanne suffered an engine room fire which started at the diesel fired, shrimp boiler, located on the main deck. The skipper attempted to put out the fire, but was beaten back due to the dense smoke. The vessel was subsequently towed back alongside where she was met by the local Fire and Rescue Service, who extinguished the still smoldering carbonaceous fire.

The investigation determined that the boiler flame was drawn into the engine room, through the boiler air supply trunking after the boiler air blower was switched off. The air flow reversal was due to the partial vacuum created by the main engine in the engine room because the ventilation system was completely blocked by rust flakes. This resulted in a plastic section of the blower air trunking on the main deck and seating material and a plastic oil drum in the engine room catching fire.

Action taken

The Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the owner with respect to:

  • The need to fit explicit, boiler operating instructions onbaord the vessel.

  • The removal from the vessel of unnecessary equipment.

  • The need for the crew to complete the four mandatory safety training courses for fishermen.

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