The June 4th fireplace resulted in $40 million value of damages and despatched 9 Jacksonville firefighters to the hospital.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Nationwide Transportation Security Board report launched Thursday says a failure to correctly disconnect and safe car batteries led to the 2020 fireplace aboard car service Höegh Xiamen in Blount Island. 

The June 4th fireplace resulted in $40 million value of damages and despatched 9 Jacksonville firefighters to the hospital. Nobody died within the explosion however some fighters have been severely injured. Not one of the vessel’s 21 crew members have been injured throughout the incident.

It took firefighters greater than per week to formally put the next fireplace out.

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The NTSB issued eight security suggestions to federal regulators and the businesses concerned within the accident on account of the investigation.

In accordance with the report, the explosion occurred due to a spark from a automotive battery on the ship. Moreover, the automotive batteries had not been disconnected and secured earlier than the cargo ship left the dock.

In the course of the investigation, officers discovered that the hearth detection system had not been reactivated after they accomplished loading the ship, which result in a delay in calling for assist.

“The circumstances of this accident clarify that it’s important to make sure that the batteries of used automobiles are disconnected and correctly secured throughout cargo loading operations,” the report mentioned. “The NTSB believes it’s crucial that operators of comparable roll-on/roll-off vessels engaged within the transportation of used automobiles act to make sure that any personnel concerned in loading operations—together with vessel crews, stevedores, and longshoremen—concentrate on the significance of disconnecting batteries on used automobiles.”

Failure to correctly disconnect and safe car batteries led to fireplace aboard car service Höegh Xiamen. NTSB points 8 security suggestions primarily based on investigation:
Marine Accident Report:

— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) December 16, 2021

Officers discovered the next issues of safety throughout the investigation.

  • Coaching for and oversight of car battery securement,
  • Regulatory exceptions for used and broken flammable liquid-powered automobiles,
  • Fireplace detection system deactivation throughout cargo loading, and
  • Efficient emergency misery calls.

NTSB mentioned it issued one suggestion every to the Pipeline and Hazardous Supplies Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Nationwide Maritime Security Affiliation; two suggestions to Grimaldi Deep Sea; and three suggestions to Höegh Technical Administration.

NTSB’s suggestions to the businesses included enhancing oversight of car loading in addition to coaching of personnel concerned in battery securement for used and broken automobiles. The company’s suggestions to federal businesses concerned enhancing laws for car carriers that transport used automobiles. NTSB’s suggestions to the ship’s operator concerned revising their procedures for the reactivation of fireplace detection techniques and making certain emergency contact data is instantly accessible for bridge groups.

The general public docket for the investigation accommodates greater than 750 pages of data, together with interview transcripts, images and different investigative supplies.

Click on right here to view the total accident report.