Marine Investigation Report M02W0135

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigated this occurrence for the purpose of advancing transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

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Switchboard Fire
Passenger Vessel Statendam
Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
04 August 2002


On 04 August 2002, the passenger vessel Statendam embarked passengers in Vancouver, British Columbia, for a one-week cruise to Alaska and back. At 2025 Pacific daylight time, about three and a half hours after departure, the main circuit breaker for one of the diesel generators suffered a catastrophic failure. This started fires in the main switchboard room and the adjacent engine control room. The crew successfully extinguished both fires using portable CO2 extinguishers, and the vessel returned to Vancouver under tow. There were no injuries.

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©Minister of Public Works and Government Services 2005
   Cat. No. TU3-7/02-1E
   ISBN 0-662-40081-x