Marine Accident Brief

Fire on Board Passenger Vessel Safari Spirit

Pier 9, Fisherman's Terminal
Seattle, Washington
April 27, 2012

NTSB Number: MAB-13-12
Adopted: July 3, 2013
Revised: July 17, 2013

Accident Summary

A fire broke out on the aft deck on board the passenger vessel Safari Spirit while the vessel was docked at Pier 9 of Fisherman's Terminal in the Ballard area of Seattle, Washington, on April 27, 2012, about 0100 local time. The vessel was off charter but soon to start its seasonal cruising schedule in Alaska.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the fire aboard the passenger vessel Safari Spirit ignited due to unknown causes and was accelerated by the flammable materials stored on the aft portion of the main deck.