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Accident Report Detail

Fire on Board the Small Passenger Vessel Port Imperial Manhattan

Executive Summary

‚ÄčOn the evening of November 17, 2000, the U.S. small passenger vessel Port Imperial Manhattan, with three crewmembers and eight passengers on board, was en route to Weehawken, New Jersey, from the borough of Manhattan in New York City, New York, when a fire broke out in the engine room. Crewmembers attempted to extinguish the fire with portable extinguishers, with no success. The fire burned out of control, causing the vessel to lose power and forcing the crew and passengers to abandon the interior spaces. The crew and passengers were rescued by another NY Waterway passenger vessel, and the burning vessel was towed to Manhattan, where the New York City Fire Department extinguished the fire. One passenger was treated for smoke inhalation. No deaths resulted from this accident. The estimated cost to repair the vessel was $1.2 million.

Contributing to the extent of the damage were the lack of a fixed fire detection and suppression system and the crewmembers' lack of knowledge of proper marine firefighting techniques.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire aboard the Port Imperial Manhattan was NY Waterway's inadequate inspection and maintenance of the vessel's electrical system.

Accident Location: New York City , NY   Hudson River
Accident Date: 11/17/2000
Accident ID: DCA01MM008

Date Adopted: 6/11/2002
NTSB Number: MAR-02-02
NTIS Number: PB2002-916402