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MEDIA ADVISORY: NTSB Meeting Scheduled to Determine Probable Cause of Fire Aboard Passenger Vessel
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 MEDIA ADVISORY: NTSB Meeting Scheduled to Determine Probable Cause of Fire Aboard Passenger Vessel

WASHINGTON (May 30, 2018) — The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to meet June 5, 2018, to determine the probable cause of the Aug. 17, 2016, engine room fire aboard the roll-on/roll-off passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy.

The fire began in the main engine room of the 614-foot long, Panamanian flagged vessel, when fuel spraying from a leaking flange contacted the hot surface of the port main engine. The fire could not be contained, and the master ordered abandon ship. The fire burned for three days while the vessel, used for ferry service between Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and San Juan and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, drifted and subsequently grounded near the port of San Juan. The fire was extinguished by shore-based firefighters after the Caribbean Fantasy was towed into the harbor.

More than 45 of the 511 passengers and crew aboard were treated for non-life-threatening injuries including knee, ankle and leg injuries, fainting, breathing difficulties, vomiting and dehydration. Only six injuries – ankle injuries incurred while sliding down the marine evacuation system – were considered serious. The accident resulted in an estimated $20 million in damage and the Caribbean Fantasy was eventually scrapped in lieu of repairs.

National Transportation Safety Board Meeting

NTSB Board Room and Conference Center,
429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington

June 5, 2018, 9:30 a.m. (EST)

NTSB Board Members and investigative staff

NTSB Board Meetings are open to the public and are also webcast.  A link for the webcast will be available at shortly before the start of the meeting.

Media covering the meeting in person are asked to be in place not later than 9:15 a.m. on the day of the meeting.

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Contact: NTSB Media Relations
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594