Electrical hearth destroys $3.9 million yacht

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Nick Blenkey

U.S. Coast Guard photograph exhibits yacht ablaze following electrical hearth

A March 26, 2021, engine room hearth aboard a 100-foot, 216-gross ton yacht was probably brought on by an electrical supply throughout the sound enclosure for the starboard turbines, the Nationwide Transportation Security Board says.

The hearth broke out aboard the yacht La Dolce Vita whereas anchored close to Marquesas Keys within the Gulf of Mexico. The crew unsuccessfully tried to extinguish the hearth. The crew of 4 and two passengers on board deserted the yacht into the vessel’s tender boat. They have been then assisted by two U.S. Coast Guard boats. No accidents have been reported. The hearth resulted within the complete lack of the $3.9 million yacht.

The 216-gross ton FRP(fiberglass strengthened plastic) vessel was in-built 2008 by Hargrave Customized Yachts in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, China, registered in america below the identify King Child, after which offered to the present proprietor (La Dolce Vita Ltd) and renamed La Dolce Vita in 2012. The hull, deck, and superstructure’s fiberglass was strengthened with a foam core. Inside areas have been completed in cherry wooden all through. The vessel was registered and used as a pleasure yacht for a part of the yr and was additionally chartered for rent 4 to 6 instances a yr.

The Cayman Islands-flagged vessel was anchored with the crew getting ready for the passengers to go snorkeling when the hearth started. The captain and mate described the odor of the smoke to NTSB investigators as like burning plastic and just like the insulation from wires burning. In keeping with investigators, this, mixed with the captain and mate’s description of the place the smoke and flames emanated, suggests the hearth might have originated within the electrical generator finish of the starboard genset enclosure. Nevertheless, because of the extent of the hearth harm, investigators have been unable to conclusively decide the supply of the hearth.

Because of the extent of the hearth harm, investigators have been unable to conclusively decide the supply of the hearth. [USCG photograph]

The vessel was chartered for rent 4 to 6 instances a yr, together with on the time of the casualty. Underneath the Cayman Islands Transport Registry, a vessel licensed for business use of La Dolce Vita’s dimension would have been required to satisfy the U.Ok. Giant Industrial Yacht Code (LY2) necessities for business use yachts. LY2 necessities that La Dolce Vita didn’t meet included having a solution to remotely cease the engine room’s consumption and exhaust followers and the potential to shut off pure air flow to the area.

View of the vessel’s engine room area wanting aft in the direction of the engine room door in 2009. Supply: Cayman Islands Transport Registry

The NTSB decided the possible reason behind the engine room hearth aboard the La Dolce Vita was an undetermined electrical supply throughout the sound enclosure for the starboard generator. Contributing to the severity of the hearth and complete lack of the vessel was the shortcoming to safe air flow to the engine room, which decreased the effectiveness of the yacht’s hearth extinguishing system and allowed the hearth to unfold past the engine room.

“Fastened fire-extinguishing methods in equipment and different hazardous areas require a minimal focus of extinguishing agent to both halt the chemical response producing the hearth, displace the oxygen feeding the hearth, or impact a mix of each,” the report mentioned. “To make sure the effectiveness of the system and forestall the reintroduction of oxygen to the area, vessel designers and homeowners ought to be sure that the air flow, each pure and compelled draft, will be fully and remotely secured to all fire-protected areas, and that each one equipment inside these similar fire-protected areas will be remotely stopped from exterior the area the place the equipment is located.”

Obtain the NTSB report

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