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Marine Accident Brief: Fire Aboard Towing Vessel San Gabriel

Executive Summary

​About 2220 on February 26, 2016, a fire broke out in the engine room lavatory on board the uninspected towing vessel San Gabriel while moored at a sulfur-loading dock in Houston, Texas. Shoreside firefighters extinguished the blaze, which caused extensive damage to the interior spaces. All crewmembers were able to evacuate the vessel safely, and no pollution was reported as a result of the fire.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire aboard towing vessel San Gabriel was an electrical anomaly related to the lavatory exhaust fan located directly above combustible materials. Contributing to the extent of the damage was the captain’s excessive delay in requesting shoreside assistance.

Accident Location: Houston , TX USA 29˚43’23”N, 95˚14’06”W
Accident Date: 2/26/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM027

Date Adopted: 11/3/2016
NTSB Number: MAB1625
NTIS Number:  

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