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Accident Report Detail

Fire Aboard Containership Gunde Maersk

Executive Summary

On December 8, 2015, at 0509 local time, a fire broke out in auxiliary engine room no. 1 on board the containership Gunde Maersk shortly after the vessel departed Terminal 46 in Seattle, Washington. The fire was quickly extinguished by the vessel’s high pressure water mist system. As a result of the fire damage, the vessel lost propulsion and required tugboats to return to its berth. There was no environmental damage and none of the 23 crewmembers were injured. Damage was estimated at $380,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire aboard the containership Gunde Maersk was an improperly installed fitting on a fuel line supplying a fuel injector pump for auxiliary engine no. 1.

Accident Location: Seattle , WA    
Accident Date: 12/8/2015
Accident ID: DCA16FM009

Date Adopted: 11/3/2016
NTSB Number: MAB-16-24
NTIS Number:  

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