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Accident Report Detail

Engine Room Fire aboard Fishing Vessel Cape Cod

Executive Summary

On May 20, 2018, at 1536 local time, fishing vessel Cape Cod experienced an engine room fire while moored in Pago Pago Harbor on Tutuila Island, American Samoa. The vessel was in port to offload a cargo of fish at the Samoa Tuna Packing dock with 20 crewmembers on board. The fire caused extensive damage to the engine room, including generators and electrical distribution systems, before crewmembers extinguished it using the fixed firefighting system. No pollution or injuries were reported. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $650,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the engine room fire aboard fishing vessel Cape Cod was an undetermined electrical ignition source near electrical distribution cabling in the lower engine room.

Accident Location: Pago Pago Harbor , AS    
Accident Date: 5/20/2018
Accident ID: DCA18FM024

Date Adopted: 4/10/2019
NTSB Number: MAB1906
NTIS Number:  

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