Fire on Le Boreal was due to human error
FRENCH maritime authorities BEAmer have released their final report into the fire on the cruise ship Le Boreal last year in Falklands waters, which forced the evacuation of nearly 350 passengers and crew.
On the night of November 17, Le Boreal was under way near East Falklands, making 15 knots in rough seas with winds 40 to 45 knots.
At the end of the 8-12 watch, the hotel officer (a licensed second engineer) was doing his regular round of the engine room and observed that the fuel filter clogging indicator on the #4 diesel generator had gone to red, indicating that it was time to change the filter out. He turned a valve to switch the fuel supply over to the alternate filter element, then proceeded to the control room to fill out the logbook. He talked briefly with his relief, and at about 0010 hours, he returned to the generator compartment - and opened the filter housing on the #3 diesel generator instead of the #4.