Fire broke out on board of cruise ship Island Princess off Alaska, reported Cruise Law News. The accident occurred yesterday morning (May 15), when the vessel was on cruise around the glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park. The leaking oil in the engine room inflamed and caused small fire on deck 4. There was emergency announcement and the alarm was raised. The crew succeeded to restrict spreading of the flames and completely extinguished it within 30 minutes. All the passengers were informed about the situation and were explained that they are not in danger. The vessel did not suffered technical failures and continued the voyage and cruise at Glacier Bay National Park.
The Coast Guard inspectors boarded the vessel and made a special survey. The vessel did not altered the course and continued the voyage.
“The general emergency alarm was sounded and all crew were called to their emergency stations. They remained for about 30 minutes before being released. We were advised that the fire was struck pretty quickly and that we were in no danger”, posted Cruise Critic forum member signing as Ben. “The captain has done a great job keeping us informed of the situation. He advised the fire was due to a leaking oil pipe in the engine room. We have no indication that the itinerary will be altered in any way”, added the comment
The cruise ship Island Princess (IMO: 9230402) has overall length of 294.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 8.30 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 8,015 DWT and the gross tonnage is 91,627 GRT. The ship was built in 2003 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in their shipyard in Nantes St Nazaire, France.