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.
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.