Fire on Cargo Ship GENIUS STAR XI

by | Dec 30, 2023 | Maritime Law

A fire broke out on the cargo ship GENIUS STAR XI on December 25, 2023.  At the time, the cargo ship was crossing the Pacific Ocean en route to San Diego, California.  The U.S. Coast Guard instructed the ship to proceed to 225 miles from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  Reports indicate the fire broke out in one of the ships’ cargo holds.  The ship is carrying a load of lithium-ion batteries.  The incident remains under investigation at this time.  It is unclear if anyone on board has been injured as a result of the ongoing fire.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  Multiple crew members were killed on the bulk carrier BLUE CECIL on December 8, 2023.  A ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels struck a cargo ship on Friday, December 19, 2023 near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait in the Red Sea.  A fishing boat capsized off the coast of South Carolina on December 19, 2023.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations are not taken seriously.  Safe offshore vessel owners and operators must ensure that their ships do not put the lives of hard working men and women at risk.  Safe companies must be proactive and take preventative measures, including regular maintenance and repairs, to also ensure that the environment is not impacted.

Even when a company has practices and procedures in place to prevent incidents like this, mishaps such as the one described above are cannot be completely eliminated.  All too often, human error and negligence are the reasons for these vessel collisions.  Whether it is due to poor judgment, a normalization of deviance from the proper procedures or a lack of proper rest and recovery, humans err and sometimes these errors result in the property damage, injury or death.  Operating modern sea vessels is not an inherently unsafe act as long as those responsible do so in such a manner that is not negligent. When the operation of sea vessels is conducted in a negligent manner, it does not take long for the situation to become dangerous.

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