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Marine Safety Alert - Engine Room Operations

Coast Guard issues safety alert on ships’ engine room operations

24 March 2015

Recently an engine room fire occurred onboard an older cruise ship while it was at berth.  Although the investigation is not complete and there is more to be learned, the Coast Guard is issuing this safety alert to:

1) reiterate the importance of vessel engineers being cognizant of and taking action on engine manufacturer technical bulletins and service letters

2) remind personnel working in machinery spaces to have a personal exit plan no matter where they are working, and

3) stress the value of having engineers frequently perform detailed engineering space inspection rounds on engines, systems, and other equipment.

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