On September 29, the 41 meter long research / fishing vessel Norton Sound caught fire while berthed in San Diego, California. Reports state authorities were alerted who dispatched local fire fighters to the scene. Assisted by the Coast Guard, fire fighters tried to extinguish the blaze. However, the fire was too intense below decks to be contained. They decided to let the fire to burn itself out. Heavy smoke was reported to still billow out of the Norton Sound the following day. Authorities state it may take up to 50 hours for the fire to die out.
No reports of injuries. The cause of the fire was not disclosed. Reports state there was no one on board the vessel at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The 20 meter long tugboat Chief caught fire while berthed in the port of San Diego, California. The fire started near the galley and quickly spread through the decks and wheelhouse. Local Firefighters were alerted and were able to extinguish the blaze in 30 minutes. Reports state that one person was staying on board at the time of the fire. Firefighters found his body in the vessel’s wheelhouse. The tug sustained some $300,000 in damages. The fire was under investigation.
On March 31, the 49 meter long passenger ship Adventure Hornblower allided with a seawall in San Diego, California. The vessel was proceeding into port from a day cruise with 139 passengers. For an undisclosed reason, the vessel was unable to slow down its approach and struck the seawall. Three passengers were taken to hospital for injuries. The bow of the passenger ship sustained a gash above the waterline and the seawall suffered some damage. No reports of pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.