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Marine Accident Brief: Engine Room Fire on Board Towing Vessel Dennis Hendrix

Executive Summary

​ On October 31, 2014, about 0742 local time, the uninspected towing vessel Dennis Hendrix was transiting upbound on the lower Mississippi River while pushing 24 loaded barges when a fire broke out in the engine room. Crewmembers began to fight the fire, and other vessels in the area provided firefighting and towing assistance. The fire burned until mid-afternoon. None of the 10 crewmembers were injured and no environmental damage was reported. The damage to the Dennis Hendrix was estimated at $3.8million.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the engine room fire on board the Dennis Hendrix was a catastrophic failure of the starboard main engine resulting from loose bolts on the no.5 cylinder rod cap while the engine was operating at a high load condition.

Accident Location: Baton Rouge , LA USA Lower Mississippi River, about 10 statute miles northwest of Baton Rouge, 30°34.1’ N, 91°16.3’ W
Accident Date: 10/31/2014
Accident ID: DCA15LM002

Date Adopted: 11/9/2015
NTSB Number: MAB1522
NTIS Number:  

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