EPIC Arson?

NORWEGIAN EPIC's first keel block being laid at STX. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2008.

The St. Nazaire-based STX Shipyard (formerly Chantiers de l’Atlantique) has confirmed that an inquiry has been launched to determine if arson was the cause of a small fire that damaged the nearly complete 150,000 gt MV NORWEGIAN EPIC late Monday night.  Wiring was damaged on the ship’s aft Deck Four before the blaze was contained by firefighters, although it remains unclear why the ship’s extinguishing system was not functioning.  STX claims the ship’s June 15 delivery will not be affected.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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