A ship was completely disabled because of the fracture of a small bore copper pipe which transmitted the fuel pressure from the main engines to a pressure gauge in the machinery control room. The fire was contained within the machinery spaces by the use of the fixed fire fighting installation even though one-third of the CO2 bottles failed to discharge. There was extensive damage to electrical equipment. The pipe had been repaired on a number of occasions, being shortened in the process resulting in the imposition of additional stresses on the remaining lengths.
posted 26 Sep '18, 17:24