Accident report regarding fire in engine room published
On Jan 16, 2017, at 0252, the "Alliance St. Louis was" under way from Port Arthur, Texas, to Jacksonville, Florida, when a pipe plug on the fuel pump for the main engine’s no. 6 cylinder came loose, resulting in fuel spray onto the engine’s hot exhaust gas pipe manifold. The atomized fuel quickly ignited. The fire was contained to the main engine room and extinguished by the CO2 fixed fire-suppression system. No injuries were reported; property damage exceeded $3,750,000. Full report: https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1808.pdf
Disabled car carrier under tow
The "Alliance St. Louis" has been taken in tow on Jan 18. The tug "Crosby Endeavor" arrived on scene on Jan 17 at 10:45 a.m. with a fire team aboard to clear the "Alliance St Louis"’ engine room for safety. The tug put the cargo vessel in tow at approximately 2:30 p.m. the next day to take it to the Sabine Bank Pilot Station near Port Arthur, Texas.
Fire on vehicles carrier
The US Coast Guard and good Samaritans responded to the "Alliance St. Louis" which caught fire 150 miles south of Southwest Pass in the morning of Jan 16, 2017. Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received a report at 3:28 a.m. from the National Command Center of an electrical fire in the engine room of the vessel which was enroute from Port Arthur to Jacksonville. The Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile launched an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew who conducted an over flight of the vessel and confirmed that the fire had been extinguished by the crewmembers. The "Alliance St. Louis" was on emergency power and drifting approximately 135 miles southwest of Southwest Pass with 20 crewmembers aboard and safely accounted for. The tug "Mariya Moran" was on scene with the vessel. The "Alliance St. Louis" was awaiting the salvage tug "Crosby Endeavor" to arrive on scene and take it in tow to Port Arthur, Texas. At approximately 10:00 a.m.the Coast Guard Cutter "Brant" got underway to provide additional assistance and release the "Mariya Moran". No injuries or pollution have been reported. Report with photos: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2912589/Upload News