Experts are divided about what caused last year’s dramatic Hurtigruten ship blaze outside Ålesund that killed two crewmembers.
Officials at Norway’s Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) ruled that the fire onboard the ‘Nordlys’ was caused by loose bolts on the fuel pump. Risk-management company Det Norske Veritas (DNV) personnel disagree.
“The DNV report confirms what our experienced chief has said that the loose bolts on the fuel pump are a consequence of the fire, and not the cause”, Hurtigruten’s operations director Dag-Arne Wenzel told Teknisk Ukeblad.
DNV believes the more likely cause of the fire was a leak from a fuel return pipe hitting a compressor two to three metres from the pipe.
The AIBN are open to different theories about the fire’s cause, the final report will be delivered a year after the accident.
“We have not discounted there may be other sources which ignited the fire. Oil may have been ignited in several places, simultaneously too”, Morten Kveim, acting AIBN director, said to NRK.
207 passengers of various nationalities were evacuated because of the fire. The final AIBN report is expected by mid-September at the latest.
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