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Accident Report Detail

Fire Aboard Freighter Alpena

Executive Summary

On December 11, 2015, about 1740 local time, a fire broke out in the electrical control room for the aft winches aboard the freighter Alpena while the vessel was dry docked undergoing work. Shipyard workers evacuated the vessel and notified the local fire department, who extinguished the fire. No one was injured, but the Alpena sustained nearly $4 million in damage.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire aboard the Alpena was a fault in the electrical wiring providing power to the aft anchor winch.

Accident Location: Sturgeon Bay , WI   Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
Accident Date: 12/11/2015
Accident ID: DCA16FM012

Date Adopted: 10/26/2016
NTSB Number: MAB-16-20
NTIS Number:  

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