Fatal Fire In INSIGNIA Engine Room

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File photo: MV INSIGNIA photo © MaritimeMatters  2008.

File photo: MV INSIGNIA photo © MaritimeMatters 2008.

Oceania Cruises confirmed that a crew member and two contractors perished in an engine room fire on the INSIGNIA. One further crew member remains in the hospital in stable condition.

The fire occurred while the ship was berthed in St Lucia.  “All guests are safe and have disembarked the vessel,” said a spokesperson for Oceania Cruises.

All 656 passengers are safe and were flown back to Miami. Oceania Cruises released a statement following the incident: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred this morning on INSIGNIA. We have extended our heartfelt condolences to the families of those involved and are offering them our full support. This is a truly emotional time for all of us at Oceania Cruises.”

An investigation is being led by authorities from the Marshall Islands, where the ship is registered, and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is sending staff to assist.

INSIGNIA’s 10-day cruise, which departed San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday and was due to arrive in Miami on December 17, has now been cancelled.

Oceania Cruises MV INSIGNIA was built in 1998 as the R ONE, the first of eight identical ships for Renaissance Cruises.

Martin Cox

Martin Cox

MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his photography has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York and London.The LA Maritime Museum has commissioned works and collected his photographs. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. A catalog from his series STRANDED (twilight of the ocean liner) was also published last year.
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