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Final report of investigation of very serious marine casualty – fire in the engine room and death of a crew member of m/v„Karadeniz 5“, on 14.08.2018

Final report of investigation of very serious marine casualty – fire in the engine room and death of a crew member of m/v„Karadeniz 5“, on 14.08.2018
Карадениз 5

On 14.08.2018, at about 1730 m/v„Karadeniz 5“ sailed from Constanta, Romania. By 2110, the ship's captain and watchkeeping engineer from 20-00 hrs. shift(chief engineer) were in the messroom, and after a while they separated. Around 2130 a power problem(blackout) occured on the ship and the main engine stopped. Crew members heard a muffled blast and saw smoke and flames coming out of the engine room. The fixed CO2 fire extinguishing system was triggered by the command of the captain. After the fire weakened and extincted a check of the crew availability showed the lack of the chief engineer. He was found at the bottom of the engine room in a helpless condition and a little later he died.