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Report: Engine failures were caused by assembly errors
Two engine failures during Solent ferry sailings were caused by assembly errors, an investigation has found. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) published its report on May 16, 2019, and stated that errors were made by Swedish engine manufacturer Volvo Penta and a UK Volvo dealer. The two incidents were part of an ongoing MAIB inquiry. The vessel suffered catastrophic failures in August and December 2018, the investigators said in an interim report. In the first incident, an engine was engulfed in flames as the ship, carrying 117 passengers, was preparing to enter the Lymington River. The fire, which was so far unexplained, was extinguished by the ship's water-mist system. In December, a newly-built engine on the ferry failed due to a factory error. The investigators said that there was no fire, although Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service previously said a blaze had been extinguished by eight crews.
Third engine room fire within 15 months
On Dec 14, 2018, a fire broke out in the engine room of the "Wight Sky" after she docked at the ferry terminal of Lymington, coming from Yarmouth, at 7 a.m. All passengers and crew were disembarked with no injuries. The Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were alerted and all ferry traffic disrupted. At least five pumping appliances, an aerial ladder platform and the Incident Command Unit resonded alongs with the South Central Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the Lymington Coastguard Rescue Team. The Lymington RNLI lifeboat has been tasked to the incident by Solent Coastguard. Firefighters have donned breathing apparatus and are working to bring the situation under control. The fire was contained to the engine room and the temperature is being monitored while suppression is in use. There were no signs of it spreading to any other compartments. At 9.20 a.m. the fire was reported to be out and the response was caled back. Already in September 2017 and on Aug 26 the ferry suffered an engine room fire meaning this incident was the third in just 15 months. In Octboer 2018 the ferry was taken out of service for urgent repairs in order to replace a fuel injector in one of the engines. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was aware of the incident and had Coastguard officers on the ground. Also the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has been informed. Booked customers on the Lymington-Yarmouth route were diverted on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne service. Report with photos and video: https://www.islandecho.co.uk/engine-room-fire-breaks-out-on-wightlink-ferry/ https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/17298222.fire-breaks-out-on-cross-solent-wightlink-ferry/ https://iwobserver.co.uk/2018/12/14/engine-room-fire-on-board-wightlinks-vehicle-ferry/
Fire on Solent ferry
117 passengers were evacuated from the "Wight Sky" in the Solent in the evening of Aug 26, 2018, after a fire broke out on board the vessel. The ferry was on its 6.20 p.m. sailing from Yarmouth to Lymington with 30 vehicles and a crew of 10 on board when the fire started short of the entrance to Lymington River, prompting the crew to return to the island. The Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service attended with five pumping appliances from Newport, Freshwater, Yarmouth, Cowes and East Cowes, an aerial ladder platform from Newport and the rescue tender from Newport which were assembled at the quayside in Yarmouth, but the fire was extinguished by the crew before the vessel reached Yarmouth. Also Coastguard Rescue Teams from The Needles and Ventnor along with the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service, who had two ambulances and an officer on scene, attended. The "Wight Sky" was escorted into Yarmouth Harbour by the town's all-weather lifeboat as fire crews waited on the quayside. All passengers were evacuated from the ferry, no-one had been injured in the incident. At 8.15 p.m. Wightlink confirmed that their Yarmouth to Lymington service was suspended. All passengers and vehicles are being directed to the Fishbourne to Portsmouth route instead. The blaze was thought to have started in the engine room. 30 firefighters wree attending the incident, 14 of which have been committed on board the "Wight Sky". IThe engine room has been isolated and the fire was suppressed by means of the automatic system. Fire crews were preparing to open the access hatch to the engine compartment at 9 p.m. to assess the damage and tackle any remaining hotspots. Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus gear and armed with two hose reels entered the engine room. Positive pressure ventilation has been used to rid toxic smoke from the compartments. The Maritime Accident Investigation Branch was expected to open an investigation into the incident in due course having been made aware of this evening’s fire. The "Wight Sky" will now have to undergo repairs and a Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) inspection before it can be used in service again. The MCA have confirmed that the duty surveyor has been made alerted. Only in July a report has been published by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) regarding a fire on the ferry in September 2017 with 40 people on board, when the ship was nearing the end of its 40-minute journey from Lymington to Yarmouth. It said the most likely cause of the incident was debris entering the engine’s oil channels during a rebuild. The engine had been completely rebuilt and failed after 5,5 hours of operation. Debris could have entered the oil channels during the three days that the partially-assembled engine had been exposed to the elements. The report added that firefighting equipment failed after 27 minutes following a power failure. Report with photo and video: https://www.islandecho.co.uk/fire-reported-on-board-wightlinks-yarmouth-ferry/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4v3xd4rwNkUpload News