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Marine Accident Brief: Fire aboard Fishing Vessel Rose Marie

Executive Summary

​About 1030 local time on August 23, 2018, a fire occurred in the engine room of the fishing vessel Rose Marie while trawling in the Atlantic Ocean 67 miles east of Chatham, Massachusetts. When efforts to fight the fire proved unsuccessful, all four crewmembers abandoned the vessel to a liferaft without injury and were rescued by a Good Samaritan vessel. The fire eventually burned itself out, and the vessel was then towed into port. The Rose Marie, valued at an estimated $700,000, was declared a constructive total loss.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire aboard the fishing vessel Rose Marie was arcing of an electrical wire in the engine room overhead igniting a wooden cable trunk. Contributing to the severity of the damage was the installation of a trunk that compromised the steel boundary of the engine room, allowing the flames to spread to the combustible materials in the upper decks.

Accident Location: Chatham , MA USA 41°36.68’ N, 068°26.87’ W
Accident Date: 8/23/2018
Accident ID: DCA18FM033

Date Adopted: 9/4/2019
NTSB Number: MAB1924
NTIS Number:  

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