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In a comment to the original post about the engine room fire on Boudicca I made this statement:-

Boudicca is registered in Nassau, Bahamas. I believe that the Bahamas Maritime Authority uses the services of the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch for accident investigation. Additionally, this cruise departed from a UK port and carried mainly UK passengers. I’m confident that the MAIB will undertake a thorough investigation of the incident, as a result of which the questions will be answered.

I should have checked my facts before posting. I now understand that the Bahamas Maritime Authority will be conducting the investigation onto this fire on its own and MAIB will not be involved.

I spoke to a helpful gentleman at the Authority. He told me that their technical personnel had already attended Boudicca, both in Tenerife when she underwent the initial repairs and again in Southampton on her return there. All of the Authority’s personnel who will undertake the investigation are ex-master mariners or ex-chief engineers, so they have the experience and qualifications necessary. They’re all British, too, I gather – indeed, it seems that the technical arm of the Bahamas Maritime Authority is run from offices in the UK and staffed by British employees (certainly the person I spoke to was British). Obviously the Authority does have an office in Nassau, but I gather that’s for liaison with the rest of the government of the Bahamas.

I was told that there isn’t a definite timetable for the investigation’s report, but it would probably be available in the summer. In the meantime here’s a link to a page with previous accident investigation reports by the Bahamas Maritime Authority. There are several there, including two for other Fred Olsen ships – Black Watch and Braemar.

There’s also a link to a investigation report following an engine room fire on the Carnival Triumph in 2013.  I did some posts about it at the time – here’s a link to a view of all of these posts. As with the event on Boudicca, the fire was contained in the engine room, the ship lost power, and ended up drifting; and also as on Boudicca, the passengers were not brought to muster stations. Here’s what the report says about that:-

The Master’s decision not to muster the passengers during the early hours on 10th February, immediately after the fire started, avoided the likely scenario of trip and fall injuries and the spread of undue alarm. This action was based on an evaluation of the situation early on 10th February with the Aft Engine Room on fire. The Master and Staff Captain determined the fire was completely contained in the Aft Engine Room and, did not pose any threat to the passengers in their staterooms.

The decision was taken NOT to muster passengers, as the fire did not pose any immediate threat or danger to the passengers and they were considered safer in their staterooms. Frequent PA announcements were made.

The investigation team finds this was the appropriate decision.

Interesting.

One Response to “Boudicca engine room fire investigation”

  1. […] who was on board during the event. Finally, I did a post about the expected report following an investigation by the Bahamas Maritime Authority (Boudicca, like all Fred. Olsen ships, is registered in Nassau). I was told at that time that the […]

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