Fire on long liner Ross Alcedo with 2 people injured

Location: Approximately 32 miles north-west of the Isles of Scilly.

Accident Investigation Report 3/2001

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On Sunday 16 January 2000, at 0355 UTC, the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) Falmouth notified the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) that the fishing vessel Ross Alcedo was on fire 32 miles NW of Scalloway. On Monday 17 January the vessel was towed into Falmouth.

Safety Issues

The cause of the fire, its seat and the source of ignition remain in doubt. Although a fire did occur in the upper parts of the engine room in the vicinity of the diesel oil tanks at main deck level, it is not clear how or why this fire spread so rapidly throughout the accommodation. This rapid spread prevented access to the carbon dioxide control station on the top of the shelter deck.


A recommendations has been made to Elcon Leisure Limited, the owners of Ross Alcedo.

This report was published on 15 February 2001.

Published 23 January 2015