Will Your FFF CO2 Work When You Need It? Part Two

 engine room, fire, fire/explosion, Safety Alerts, US Coast Guard  Comments Off on Will Your FFF CO2 Work When You Need It? Part Two
Dec 222010

(Mac understands that the CO2 safety alerts arise from the fire aboard Carnival Splendour. If it can happen to Carnival it can happen to you)

A machinery space fire onboard a relatively new vessel was effectively responded to and extinguished by the vessel’s quick response team firefighters using portable extinguishing equipment.

However, before it was declared completely extinguished and approximately five hours after the fire started, the master of the vessel made the decision to release CO2 from the vessel’s fixed firefighting system. It failed to operate as designed.

Subsequently, crewmembers were unable to activate it manually and CO2 was never directed into the machinery space.

The following issues pertaining to the CO2 system were discovered. Continue reading »

Panama To Lead Carnival Splendour Investigation

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Nov 112010

A way to while away the time on Carnival Splendour

Panama is to conduct the investigation of the fire that occurred in an engine room of the Carnival Splendor on November 8 while cruising in the Pacific Ocean about 150 nautical miles south of San Diego. The ship was carrying 3,299 passengers and 1,167 crewmembers.

It is understood that Aux engine #5 exploded which was positioned underneath Main High Voltage Switchboard.

Since the majority of passengers aboard the Carnival Splendor were citizens of the United States, the US Coast Guard requested to join the investigation, and Panama consented.

The Coast Guard requested that the National Transportation Safety Board provide them with technical assistance. The NTSB and Coast Guard frequently work together on marine accident investigations, and the NTSB responded by providing two experts to assist the Coast Guard in their involvement in Panama’s investigation.

All information on the progress of the investigation will be released by the Panama Maritime Authority.