Cruise ships have been plagued with numerous safety issues. In December 2014, Oceania cruises had 656 guests aboard a luxury cruise liner and was docked at the St. Lucia port when a fire broke out ultimately resulting in the death of three people. Fortunately, the fire was contained in the engine room but sadly it claimed the lives of two contractors and one crew member before it was extinguished. The investigation into the cause of this fire revealed that three bolts holding the fuel line supply flange that connects to the engine had loosened completely. The remaining fourth bolt on the fuel line was fractured. Ultimately, when the bolts failed the fuel oil sprayed out and ignited when it came into contact with the turbocharger components and/or the engine’s exhaust piping.
This is not the only recent instance of a fire on a cruise ship. Fires on cruise ships have become increasingly common.
In May 2013, a Royal Carribean cruise liner experienced a severe fire that took nearly four decks of the boat. The boat had was headed to Bahamas, CocoCay when the blaze occurred. The fire occurred while in transit and workers were able to contain the blaze while the ship continued to cruise to port in Bahamas requiring the 2,224 passengers sleep on the deck.