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Marine Accident Brief: Engine Explosion and Fire aboard Towing Vessel The Admiral

Executive Summary

​On July 14, 2016, the uninspected towing vessel The Admiral was moored alongside barges in the La Quinta Channel, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, near Ingleside, Texas. About 1635, the vessel’s starboard main engine oversped and then exploded, causing a fire in the engine room. Two crewmembers who were in the engine room at the time of the explosion were severely burned; one subsequently died. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $300,000. No pollution was reported.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the engine explosion and resulting fire aboard the towing vessel The Admiral was a misfiring cylinder that ignited lubricating oil in the sump of the engine.

Accident Location: Ingleside , TX USA La Quinta Channel, mile marker 544, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
Accident Date: 7/14/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM044

Date Adopted: 11/14/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1735
NTIS Number:  

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