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Investigators board MV Holiday Island to scrutinize the reason for fire

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Key takeaways: 

  • Transportation Safety Board team had been unable to enter the vessel’s engine space due to safety problems.
  • The MV Holiday Island is predicted to be out of operation for the rest of the season. 

Transportation Safety Board investigators have started their work aboard the MV Holiday Island, a whole week after a blaze in the ship’s engine chamber began the evacuation of over 200 people.

Northumberland Ferries vice-president Don Cormier said the investigators, who will attempt to define what provoked the fire on the ferry as it made its regular crossing between Nova Scotia and P.E.I., entered the vessel Saturday morning.

That’s following measures to draw water from the ship on Friday to assure it was safe and sufficient for people to get on board.

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Transportation Safety Board investigators have started their work aboard the MV Holiday Island, a whole week after a blaze in the ship’s engine chamber began the evacuation of over 200 people

“[We] were victorious in getting to a point where we could enter the space to make it secure for entry,” Cormier said. 

“We did some cleaning of deck plates so that, primarily, T.S.B. earlier this morning was able to enter the area safely after a marine chemist confirmed the atmosphere.”

A team consisting of four T.S.B. investigators was deployed in P.E.I. a week back but hadn’t been able to enter the engine chamber since it was full of water.

Source – CBC News

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