Fire in engine room on bulk carrier St Georgij with 1 person injured and loss of 1 life

Location: Off Hartlepool, England.

Completed PE Summary: St. Georgij

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Cockfield & Knight Co Ltd
Port of registry:   Panama
Flag:   Panama
Type:   Dry Cargo Bulk carrier
Built:   1984
Classification society:   Lloyds Register
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   159
Gross tonnage:   14971.00
Date & Time   19/12/05 17:30
Location of incident:   Coastal Waters
Incident Type:   Fire/Explosion
Persons onboard:   22 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   1 Fatality and 1 Injured crew member
Damage/ Pollution:   None


A fatal accident occurred on the bulk carrier, St Georgij, whilst routine maintenance was being carried out on the vessel’s auxiliary boiler burner system.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the owners and managers of St Georgij recommending the following:

  • review of safe working practices

  • improvements in key personnel’s ability to read English instruction books or have manuals translated into the working language of the crew

  • improving the issue of PPE for crewmembers joining the ship

Published 23 January 2015