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Accident Report Detail

Fire aboard Vehicle Carrier Courage

Executive Summary

About 2215 local time on June 2, 2015, the US-flagged roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) vehicle carrier Courage was transiting from Bremerhaven, Germany, to Southampton, United Kingdom, when a fire broke out in its cargo hold. The accident resulted in extensive damage to the vessel’s hold as well its cargo of vehicles and household goods. As a result of the damage, estimated at $100 million total, the vessel’s owners scrapped the vessel.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire on the vehicle carrier Courage was electrical arcing in the automatic braking system (ABS) module of a vehicle carried on board.

Accident Location:   ,   United Kingdom North Sea in the approaches to the English Channel
Accident Date: 6/2/2015
Accident ID: DCA15RM024

Date Adopted: 6/29/2017
NTSB Number: MAB-17-24
NTIS Number:  

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