Fire on crabber La Belle Trois

Location: Berthed at Milford Haven, Wales.

Completed PE Summary: La Belle Trois

Short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr Timothy James Bowman-Davis
Port of registry:   Milford Haven
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fish catching/processing
Built:   1983
Construction:   Wood
Length overall:   11.85
Gross tonnage:   15.59
Date & Time   29/11/03 21:17
Location of incident:   Milford Haven harbour area
Incident Type:   Fire/explosion
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Constructive total loss


This 12m fishing vessel caught fire while unattended alongside her berth. The evidence indicated that the fire was electrical in origin and plant had been left running

Action taken:

To prevent a similar accident occurring in the future the owners of the vessel were recommended to :

  • Consider the dangers involved in unattended operational machinery and live electrical circuits and ensure that an efficient port watch is maintained at all times

  • Ensure that electrical wiring and equipment is fit for marine use, is installed correctly and regularly tested

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