Marine Accident Brief

Engine Room Fire On Board Fishing Vessel Arctic Storm

North Pacific Ocean, about 46 nautical miles west of Aberdeen, Washington
May 20, 2013

NTSB Number: MAB-14-09
Adopted: May 29, 2014
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Accident Summary

On the afternoon of May 20, 2013, a fire broke out in the engine room of the uninspected fishing vessel Arctic Storm as it was under way in the North Pacific Ocean, about 46 nautical miles west of Aberdeen, Washington, conducting fish processing operations. The crew extinguished the fire through the combined use of portable extinguishers, fixed suppression, and fire hoses. No injuries or pollution resulted from the accident. The estimated damage to the Arctic Storm was $5 million.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire on board fishing vessel Arctic Storm was a fractured fitting on a fuel oil vent valve, located on the main propulsion engine, which resulted in fuel oil spraying onto a hot engine surface and igniting.