Marine Accident Brief

Fire On Board Motor Yacht Ocean Alexander 85E06

Roche Harbor Resort Marina
San Juan Islands, Washington
48°36.5' N 123°09.2' W

NTSB Number: MAB-14-14
Adopted: July 15, 2014

Accident Summary

On July 10, 2013, about 1000 local time, the newly built motor yacht Ocean Alexander 85E06 was moored, unmanned, and on display for purchase at the Roche Harbor Resort Marina in Washington state when a fire broke out in a forward compartment. Efforts to extinguish the fire were unsuccessful and the flames consumed the vessel. In addition, the vessel partially sank due to flooding from firefighting activities. No one was injured, but about 400 gallons of marine diesel fuel spilled into the waterway. The yacht, valued at $3,691,660, was a total loss.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire on board the Ocean Alexander 85E06 was an electrical fault of an unknown source, located in the vessel's forward accommodation area.