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:

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:   135.8
Gross tonnage:   5735
Date & Time   20/03/05 10:45
Location of incident:   Foreign high seas
Incident Type:   Fire/Explosion
Persons onboard:   18
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Material Damage/No Pollution

Synopsis

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.


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