Freedom of the Seas on Fire Near Falmouth, Jamaica

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Fire JamaicaI have received several calls this morning from friends in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios that the Freedom of the Seas is on fire as it docked at the port of Falmouth, Jamaica.

I also have friends / former Royal Caribbean crew members in Falmouth who are going to obtain photographs of the blaze on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship. 

The photo to the left was taken by a former client, Kevin Chambers, who lives in the Montego Bay area. You can see Kevin's video of the cruise ship coming into port here and at the bottom of this page.

We have been studying the issue of cruise ship fires for many years.

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Read: Ten Years of Cruise Ship Fires - Has the Cruise Industry Learned Anything?

Update: The passengers were ordered to their muster stations. The cruise line says that the fire erupted in a "mechanical area." The initial reports are that there are no injuries to pasengers, which is good news.  The question remains whether crew members were injured. Last December, a fire erupted on the Oceania Insignia when the cruise ship was in St.Lucia. Initial reports from the cruise line were that the passengers were not effected, but it turned out that three crew members were killed

The latest news is that one crew member was treated for burns, according to Royal Caribbean.

Incredibly, although not surprisingly, Royal Caribbean decided to continue on with the cruise, says the Miami Herald. The U.S. Coast guard is not going to inspect the cruise ship until it returns to the U.S.

 

You can see dramatic photographs of the fire here.

Freedon of Seas Cruise Ship Fire

Freedom of Seas Cruise Fire

Photo Credit: Top Kevin Chambers; middle @JuanDwptv ; bottom @MssJayne.  Video below taken by my friend and former client Kevin Chambers:

 

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sergio - July 22, 2015 11:05 AM

Last month I had to set up Live Fire Training drills for Costa crew members... there are no problems due to seafarers an firefighters capability They are ready and proud to be so
There are problems due to ships design and size... complex systems into a complex volume moving through a complex space require complex solutions
But people (passengers and crew) must be expertized to prevent fire and face it immediately at its beginning
It's ridiculous to wait the fire teams without do anything... while they arrive anyone should be ready to extinguish flames.
Training means safety

pat dixon - July 22, 2015 7:19 PM

My daughter and family are on the ship they called and said everything was ok and are still having a good time. Thank you
Norwegian.
Pat Dixon

pat dixon - July 22, 2015 7:58 PM

Per my comment
MY THANKS GO OUT TO ROYAL CARIBBEAN
not norwegian

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