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Accident Report Detail

Fire On Board the U.S. Fishing Vessel Alaska Spirit

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAbout 0200 on May 27, 1995, the U.S. fish processing vessel ALASKA SPIRIT caught fire and burned while moored alongside a dock at the Seward Marine Industrial Center, Seward, Alaska. Firefighters extinguished the fire at 1100. The master of the vessel died, and damage to the vessel was estimated at $3 million.

Contributing to the severity of the damage and the loss of life was the lack of fire safety standards for commercial fishing industry vessels.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of the fire aboard the ALASKA SPIRIT was the failure of The Fishing Company of Alaska, Incorporated, to address the inadequate fire safety conditions and practices on the vessel.

Accident Location: Seward , AK    
Accident Date: 5/27/1995
Accident ID: DCA95MM039

Date Adopted: 6/11/1996
NTSB Number: MAR-96-01
NTIS Number: PB96-916401