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Marine Accident Brief: Fire on board Vehicle Carrier Honor

Executive Summary

​About 0300 local time on February 24, 2017, the US-flagged roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vehicle carrier Honor was en route from Southampton, England, to Baltimore, Maryland, when a fire broke out in the upper vehicle deck. The fire was extinguished by the crew using the vessel’s CO2 fixed firefighting system. One injury was attributed to the firefighting efforts. The accident resulted in extensive damage, amounting to more than $700,000, to the Honor’s hold as well its cargo of about 5,000 vehicles. No pollution resulted from the accident.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire on board the vehicle carrier Honor was a fault in the starter motor solenoid in one of the personally owned vehicles being transported in the vessel’s cargo space.

Accident Location: Isle of Wight ,   UK English Channel, 50° 01.7’ N, 002° 35.7’ W
Accident Date: 2/24/2017
Accident ID: DCA17RM007

Date Adopted: 3/6/2018
NTSB Number: MAB1807
NTIS Number:  

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