Two catastrophic engine failures, one resulting in a fire, on board a ro-ro passenger ferry
On 26 August 2018, a ro-ro passenger ferry suffered a catastrophic main engine failure as it prepared to enter a river on its regular crossing. This was the ferry’s second catastrophic main engine failure in less than a year, the failed engine being the replacement for the previous failure that had resulted in a fire and serious injuries to an engineer officer. On 14 December 2018, the vessel suffered a third catastrophic engine failure. On this occasion, the failed engine was a new build and had been in operation for just 389 hours..
- insufficient technical oversight of the engines’ operating parameters
- standards of maintenance management and quality control
- engine component and auxiliary system design problems
- a lack of clear ownership for engine maintenance and engine condition monitoring
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