The auxiliary engines on a ship had just been started and the electrical load transferred from the shaft AC generators when the watchkeeper was alerted to a serious fuel leakage on one of the auxiliary engines when the second fuel supply pump started automatically. Whilst attempts were being made to start the standby auxiliary engine a serious fire broke out in the auxiliary engine room. Fortunately, the fire was contained within the machinery spaces by prompt use of the fixed fire fighting installation, but the ship was disabled because of extensive damage to electrical equipment. The fire was caused by a fitting in the fuel return line to one of the auxiliary engines becoming loosened.
posted 26 Sep '18, 17:09