Engine Room Causes Fire on Canadian Ferry

A ferry sailing off the shore of Canada
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Owing to a fire in its engine room, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada launched an investigation.

Vice president of Northumberland Ferries Don Cormier stated that the ship arrived at Wood Islands, P.E.I., about 8:30 AM on Sunday.

"Stability was verified, evacuation slides were disconnected and recovered ashore, anchors disconnected, and tugs secured to the ship," said Cormier.Late on Saturday afternoon, it is thought that the fire was effectively put out; nevertheless, the procedure to verify that the scene is clear is still in the early stages.

On Sunday, Cormier informed reporters that the cause of the fire is presently unknown and under investigation. He said, “"Anything with regards to the root cause is purely speculative, but we will be cooperating with all of the agencies.”On Saturday, authorities said that the fire had been put out in the ship's engine room and funnels, although smoke was still visible. After 11 AM, the fire began.

The ferry's operator, Northumberland Ferries Limited, claims that attempts to identify the fire on board were abandoned out of "abundance of caution" for the crew's and firefighters' safety owing to the ship's state.

According to Julie Gascon, director general for marine safety and security at Transport Canada, the ship is subject to yearly inspections under the delegated statutory inspection program. “"The vessel was last inspected by the classification society on May 11th 2022," said Gascon.

In addition to several emergency personnel, the incident was also attended by six separate fire departments, the coast guard, and the P.E.I. RCMP. 182 passengers safely departed right away, while 18 staff members and seven local firemen stayed on board, according to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax.

"I want to thank first responders who responded extremely quickly, and there were local fishers involved in helping people out. This was a really, really scary situation for everyone involved, so our thoughts are with them," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.