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Fire on ‘Kodiak Enterprise’ Triggers Calls for Improved Onboard Safety Systems

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 Fire on ‘Kodiak Enterprise’ Triggers Calls for Improved Onboard Safety Systems

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A fire broke out on the Kodiak Enterprise, a commercial fishing vessel docked in Tacoma, Washington, leading to a six-day inferno that resulted in the loss of the vessel valued at $56.6 million. The inadequate fire detection and notification system failed to alert crew members promptly, highlighting the importance of wireless monitoring systems for vessels not under constant watch. The NTSB report emphasized the need for regular testing of these systems and recommended including onboard crew members as designated contacts for immediate notification during emergencies. The cause of the fire was likely electrical in nature, originating from the dry stores room.

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