The Carnival cruise ship Ecstasy
NTSB recommends cruise ship inspections after probe of fire aboard Carnival ship
October 20, 1998
Web posted at: 5:08 p.m. EDT (1708 GMT)
MIAMI (CNN) -- The National Transportation Safety Board has sent
recommendation letters to cruise vessel operators suggesting they inspect their
fleets to reduce the risk of fire.
The letter comes after an investigation of the July fire aboard Carnival
Cruise lines Ecstasy vessel.
The recommendation to vessel owners is to inspect immediately ship
laundry ventilation systems, including ducts, plenums, and exhaust terminuses
for any combustible material, such as lint, and clean the systems to reduce the
risk of fire.
They also recommended cruise lines institute a program to check continuously
that the vents are clean and do not pose a fire threat.
No one was seriously injured in the Ecstasy fire. There were 2,575
passengers and 920 crew members aboard when a fire broke out near the ship's
laundry at the stern of the ship as it was leaving Miami.