Generator fire aboard CCGS Terry Fox under investigation

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The Canadian Coast Guard is investigating the cause of a generator fire earlier this month aboard its heavy icebreaker that sent the vessel from the Arctic to St. John’s where it awaits repairs.

No one was injured aboard the CCGS Terry Fox and the fire was extinguished by the ship’s crew using portable fire extinguishers.

The CCGS Terry Fox was in Prince Regent Inlet, Nunavut, when the fire broke out on August 16.

He sailed unassisted to his home port and arrived on August 23.

“Due to the fire, the vessel’s port service generator requires repair to replace damaged components,” Fisheries and Oceans spokeswoman Kat Hallett said in an email to CBC News.

“The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.”

Out of service until mid-September

Repairs will be carried out while the vessel is moored. The 39-year-old vessel will not have to come out of the water.

It is estimated that the 88-meter-long vessel will be out of service until mid-September, including time for repairs and transit to the Arctic.

“Our crews are well trained to work with the ship’s fire detection and suppression systems to handle such an incident as safely as possible,” Hallet said.

“Our ships undergo rigorous inspection programs and crews are trained to the highest standards to maintain the safest possible environment on board and to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency.”

Other Canadian Coast Guard vessels in the Arctic are available to meet the current demand for icebreaking services.

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