Fire in engine room on cargo vessel Corner Brook

Location: North Atlantic Ocean.

Completed PE Summary: Corner Brook

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Corner Brook
Registered Owner/Manager Gorthon International Shipping Ltd
Port of Registry Hamilton
Flag Bermuda
Type Cargo vessel
Built 1976
Classification Society Norske Veritas
Construction Steel
Length Overall 135.8m
Gross Tonnage 5735
Date/Time 20/03/2005, 1045
Location of Incident Foreign high seas
Incident Type Fire
Persons Onboard 18
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution Material damage/None


As a result of the failure of a main engine fuel pump inlet pipe fitting, this palletised cargo vessel suffered a major engine room fire about 700 miles west of the UK. A Mayday was broadcast over the VHF and via satellite phone to Stavanger MRCC. The fire was extinguished by ships staff, using a combination of CO2 flooding and traditional fire fighting techniques. The vessel was towed to Tilbury, arriving 30/03/05.

Action taken

The MAIB presented their findings to the Bermudan Maritime Administration who made recommendations to the company regarding supervision of maintenance and the use of DSC in emergencies.

Published 23 January 2015