Crewmember injured in cruise ship fire at Maine pier

(PORTLAND, Maine) — A crewmember sustained serious injuries Wednesday following an explosion and fire in the engine room of American Queen Voyages’ Ocean Navigator, which was docked at a Portland pier, CBS News reported.

Firefighters with the Portland Fire Department responded before 7:30 a.m. to reports of smoke in the engine room of the 286-foot Ocean Navigator. The ship was carrying 128 passengers and 82 crewmembers, according to Portland officials and the U.S. Coast Guard. Both said the crewmember who suffered burns was the only person injured in the fire. The injuries were not considered life-threatening.

American Queen Voyages file photo

The Coast Guard reported that the fire happened “in the engine room on a generator” and added that the exact cause was still under investigation. The Coast Guard was working to determine if Ocean Navigator could continue to be “seaworthy” as crews ventilated it after the incident.

“Additional crews were simultaneously able to stabilize the engine room issue and remained on scene to assist with extensive ventilation efforts and complete overhaul to prevent any further issues,” the city of Portland said Wednesday.


By Professional Mariner Staff