Marine Accident Summary: Engineroom Fire On Board U.S. Small Passenger Vessel Queen of the West, Columbia River, near Rufus, Oregon, April 8, 2008

This report discusses the April 8, 2008, engineroom fire on board the small passenger vessel Queen of the West. The vintage-styled paddlewheel vessel, carrying 124 overnight passengers and 53 crewmembers, was eastbound on the Columbia River near Rufus, Oregon, when the vessel’s automatic fire detection system alerted the crew to the fire. The crew was able to suppress the fire using the vessel’s fixed fire suppression system. The Queen of the West did not need to be emergency-evacuated. One crewmember was treated for mild hypothermia as a result of the accident. The Queen of the West sustained about $3.9 million in damage. The following safety issues were identified as a result of the accident investigation: importance of having a functioning automatic fire detection system and a fixed fire suppression system on small passenger vessels; and the inadequate requirements for small passenger vessels regarding out-of-water survival craft for passengers and crew. As a result of its investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) makes one new recommendation and reiterates a previous recommendation, both to the U.S. Coast Guard.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01146803
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/MAR-09/04/SUM, Notation 8017A
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2009 2:21PM