Marine Accident Brief

Engine Room Fire On Board Towing Vessel Marguerite L. Terral

Lower Mississippi River, mile marker 911, near Hickman, Kentucky
June 9, 2012

NTSB Number: MAB-14-04
Adopted: March 10, 2014

Accident Summary

On June 9, 2012, about 1705 central daylight time, the uninspected towing vessel Marguerite L. Terral with six crewmembers on board was pushing 12 empty barges on the Mississippi River near Hickman, Kentucky, when the vessel's port engine caught fire. The crew tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the fire before evacuating onto one of the barges. No one was injured nor did the accident cause any pollution. The damage to the Marguerite L. Terral was estimated to be $2.6 million.

Probable Cause

The NTSB could not determine the origin of the engine room fire on board the Marguerite L. Terral. Contributing to the extent of the fire damage was the crew's failure to set fire boundaries, shut down the ventilation, and use the onboard fire suppression equipment effectively.