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Marine Accident Brief: Fire aboard Commercial Fishing Vessel Raffaello

Executive Summary

​On January 17, 2016, at 2310 local time, a fire broke out on board the uninspected commercial fishing vessel Raffaello while it was moored to the fishing vessel Judibana at the Satala Shipyard in Pago Pago Harbor, Tutuila Island, American Samoa. The fire started in the captain’s stateroom just forward of the machinery space exhaust trunk and was extinguished the next morning by the crews from both vessels along with shoreside firefighters. One of the 17 crewmembers on the Raffaello suffered minor burns while fighting the fire. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $2 million.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire aboard the commercial fishing vessel Raffaello was the lack of insulation on the starboard generator exhaust gas pipe resulting in the ignition of combustible material in close proximity.

Accident Location: Pago Pago Harbor ,   American Samoa 14°16.3’ S, 170°41.5’ W
Accident Date: 1/17/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM019

Date Adopted: 5/5/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1713
NTIS Number:  

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