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Independent investigation into the engine room fire on board the Bahamas registered general cargo ship Baltimar Boreas off Newcastle, New South Wales

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At 0250 on 9 February 2007, about four hours after the Bahamas registered general cargo ship Baltimar Boreas sailed from Newcastle, the ship's fire detection system indicated a fire in the engine room. The second engineer investigated and found that number three diesel generator was on fire. He raised the alarm and discharged a portable extinguisher towards the fire before retreating from the engine room.

The crew mustered and operated the engine room oil tank quick closing valve system. All engine room ventilators, except those at the top of the funnel, were closed. At 0305, the engine room Halon fixed fire extinguishing system was operated and, soon after, the master made a distress call. At 0340, the crew determined that the fire had been extinguished. At 0351, the master cancelled the distress message.

By 0640, the chief engineer had concluded that it was impossible to supply power to the main switchboard due to the burnt electrical cables above the fire damaged generator. The ship was disabled but in no immediate danger and waited for a tug responding to the distress call to arrive.

By 1030, Baltimar Boreas was under tow and heading towards Newcastle. At 1920, the ship berthed in the port where its cargo was discharged.

At 1615 on 10 March, after repairs had been completed and its cargo reloaded, the ship sailed from Newcastle to continue its voyage.

The report issues a number of recommendations and safety advisory notices with the aim of preventing further incidents of this type.

Marine Recommendations

[ MR20080020 ] [ MR20080021 ] [ MR20080022 ] [ MR20080023 ] [ MR20080024 ] [ MR20080025 ]

Marine Safety Advisory Notices

[ MS20080021 ] [ MS20080022 ] [ MS20080023 ] [ MS20080024 ] [ MS20080025 ]

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General details
Date: 09 February 2007   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0250 local (UTC+11)    
Location: Off Newcastle    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 25 June 2008   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel Baltimar Boreas  
Flag Baham  
IMO 8807349  
Type of operation General Cargo  
Damage to vessel Substantial  
Departure point Newcastle, NSW  
Departure time 2305 on 08/02/07  
Destination Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea  
Last update 19 May 2016