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Catastrophic Engine Failure Resulting in A Fire on A Crew Transfer Vessel

What happened?

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published its report into an engine failure and subsequent fire on board the crew transfer vessel Windcat 8, which occurred offshore Lincolnshire, UK, in September 2017.

What went wrong? What were the causes?

There was a catastrophic engine failure and subsequent fire on the 15 metre windfarm crew transfer vessel (CTV). The engine damage was caused by a big end bearing failure.

There were no injuries to the two crew or the 12 embarked wind turbine technicians. The fixed firefighting system was operated, but it was ineffective because not all the engine space vents had been closed. The fire caused only minor damage and eventually extinguished when it ran out of fuel.


The MAIB recommended that training and guidance be provided to CTV crews on the action to be taken in the event of critical propulsion alarms, and to ensure they are familiar with the use of fixed fire-fighting systems.

The full report from MAIB can be foundhere.

Members may wish to refer to the following incident:

Safety Event

Published: 19 March 2018
Download: IMCA SF 06/18

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