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Caribbean Fantasy Moored, Still Burning

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A report from Maritime Executive.

The passenger vessel ferry Caribbean Fantasy was moored safely at Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor on Saturday. The Fantasy caught fire near San Juan, Puerto Rico, early on Wednesday, then drifted aground just off of Punta Salinas.

Fire-fighting teams that entered the engine room on Saturday morning reported that only a single source of fire contained in the engine room remains. A fire and extinguishing plan is being finalized.

The U.S. Coast Guard has established a 100-yard safety zone around the vessel. There have been no reports of sheening or pollution near the vessel which is being closely monitored. Approximately 2,500 feet of boom has been deployed around the vessel as a precautionary measure.

The Unified Command is developing an assessment and disposal plan for potential hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

A joint marine casualty investigation with the Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety…

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