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Accident No.: Accident Type: Vessel: Location: Date:

Time: Owner/Operator: Property Damage: Complement:

Fatalities/Injuries:

Introduction

National Transportation Safety Board Washington, D.C. 20594

Marine Accident Brief

DCA-03-MM-032

Boiler rupture

Bahamas-registered passenger vessel S/S Norway

Piers 1 and 2, Miami, Florida

May 25, 2003

0637 eastern daylight time1

Norwegian Cruise Line

$20-$23 million

911 crew

2,135 passengers

Passengers: none

Crew: 8 fatalities; 10 serious injuries; 7 minor injuries

At 0637 on May 25, 2003, the Bahamas-registered passenger vessel S/S Norway (figure 1), with 911 crewmembers and 2,135 passengers on board,2 suffered a boiler rupture in the aft boiler room. The accident occurred about an hour after the vessel had moored in Miami, Florida, at the end of a 7-day Caribbean cruise. As a result of the accident, 8 crewmembers sustained fatal injuries, 10 suffered serious injuries, and 7 received minor injuries.3 No passengers were injured.

1 Times in this report are eastern daylight time, according to the 24-hour clock.

2 The crew was composed of Norwegian officers in the deck and engine departments. As is the case on most foreign-flag cruise ships operating in U.S. waters, members of the other shipboard departments comprised a variety of nationalities.

3 Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations section 830.2 defines a fatal injury as any injury that results in death within 30 days of an accident. It defines a serious injury as one that (1) requires hospitalization for more than 48 hours, commencing within 7 days from the date the injury was received; (2) results in a fracture of any bone (except simple fractures of fingers, toes, or nose); (3) causes severe hemorrhages, nerve, muscle, or tendon damage; (4) involves any internal organ; or (5) involves second- or third-degree burns, or any burn affecting more than 5 percent of the body surface. In the Norway accident, all the deceased sustained second- and third-degree burns on 50 to 100 percent of their body area and died from

NTSB/MAB-07/03

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