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ATSB report reveals limited fire fighting capability
A review of the blaze aboard the "Marigold" has exposed limited capability within Western Australia’s fire authority. Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators found there had been misunderstandings between crew and other agencies involved in tackling the fire on July 13, which lasted 12 hours until it burnt itself out. The ship has since been broken up. The fire started in the engine room while the ship was berthed in Port Hedland when fuel spilt from a pipe onto a hot generator surface. Compounding the emergency, some fire doors were held open by wire and rope, and there were multiple failures within the ship’s fire suppression system. Among the failures identified by the ATSB, the "Marigold"’s shipboard procedures for crew fire drills and safety training had not been properly implemented. The ATSB also recommended that DFES take action to address its limited professional firefighting capability in Port Hedland and other regional ports, which it considered a safety issue.
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