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Engine room fire

The Marine Safety Forum has published the following safety flash regarding an incident in which a fire occurred in an engine room space. The result was a blackout situation, a temporary loss of propulsion and damage to engine room equipment, wiring etc. There were no injuries or environmental impact sustained due to this incident, however the potential for a less favourable outcome was present.

The safety flash can be downloaded from marinesafetyforum.org/upload-files//safetyalerts/msf-safety-flash-14.28.pdf.

This incident forms one of a number which have occurred recently which have been collected together and issued as one single IMCA Safety Flash.

Members may wish to refer to the following similar incidents (key words: engine, fire):


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