Fire in engine room on ro-ro passenger ferry Pride of Le Havre

Location: Near Nab Tower, off the Isle of Wight, England.

Accident Investigation Report: Pride of Le Havre

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:

pride of lehavre 18 march.pdf (2,728.81 kb)


Report of the investigation into an engine room fire on mv Pride of Le Havre on 18 March 1999 off the Isle of Wight.

On 18 March 1999 passenger/ro-ro cargo vessel Pride of Le Havre was conducting engine trials of the south coast of the Isle of Wight, England. Shortly after passing the Nab Tower a fire broke out on the starboard thermal oil pump in the machinery spaces. Despite attempts were made to put the fire out using portable extinguishers the engine room was evacuated, sealed and Halon released. An IOW fire brigade team later boarded the vessel to assist the crew. Pride of Le Havre was eventually able to sail under its own power back to Southampton to undergo repairs.

Published: 9 November 1999

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015