NTSB: Ro-ro fire started in vehicle in cargo hold


The following is a marine accident brief from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):

(WASHINGTON) — About 0300 local time on Feb. 24, 2017, the U.S.-flagged roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vehicle carrier Honor was en route from Southampton, England, to Baltimore, Md., 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 Honor’s hold as well its cargo of about 5,000 vehicles. No pollution resulted from the accident.

Probable cause

‚ÄčThe 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.

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By Professional Mariner Staff