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​Marine Accident Brief: Fire aboard Towing Vessel Thomas Dann

Executive Summary

​On July 22, 2016, at 1700 local time, a fire broke out in the upper engine room aboard the towing vessel Thomas Dann while it was engaged in towing operations offshore near St. Augustine, Florida, en route to Cape Canaveral, Florida. No one was injured, nor was any pollution reported. However, due to the extent of the fire damage, the vessel, which was valued at an estimated $2.5 million, was declared a constructive total loss.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire aboard towing vessel Thomas Dann was an ignition originating near an electrical fuse box in the upper engine room. Contributing to the intensity of the fire was the presence of combustible materials in the upper engine room.

Accident Location: St. Augustine , FL USA Atlantic Ocean, 29°41.0' N, 081°04.3' W
Accident Date: 7/22/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM048

Date Adopted: 8/10/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1728
NTIS Number:  

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