Fire in switchboard on ro-ro passenger ferry Stena Pioneer

Location: Larne Harbour area, Northern Ireland.

Completed PE Summary: Stena Pioneer

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Stena Line Ltd
Port of registry:   Hamilton
Flag:   Bermuda
Type:   Ro-ro vehicle/passenger ferry
Built:   1975
Classification society:   Norske Veritas
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   141.8
Gross tonnage:   14426.00
Date & Time   27/08/04 07:43
Location of incident:   Larne harbour area
Incident Type:   Fire/Explosion
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor Damage/No Pollution


Switchboard fire caused by mechanical breakdown within a generator breaker.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents wrote to:

  • Stena Line supporting the actions taken as a result of their internal inquiry

  • Broadgate, the manufacturer of the VDR, recommending that they make all users aware of procedures to ensure that the VDR is switched on and to ensure that the MAIB is kept informed of changes to their VDRs that could affect data retrieval.

Published 23 January 2015