The freighter that caught fire at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in February 2021 is heading for bluer waters.
The M/V Roger Blough left Sturgeon Bay on Thursday morning after spending more than a year sitting in lay-up following the blaze that the National Transportation Safety Board estimates caused more than $100 million in damage. The NTSB incident report released on August 17th, 2022, said, “the probable cause of the engine room fire on the Roger Blough was likely the repeated removal and reinstallation of the furnace’s burner that led to the failure in its mounting coupling.” The fire resulted in the NTSB recommending that the U.S. Coast Guard and ABS should develop standards for furnace installations in line with the National Fire Protection Association’s guidelines to MarineLink.com.
The Roger Blough’s history includes a fire that occurred before its maiden voyage in 1971 and the rescue of a 25-person life raft from the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975. The vessel left Sturgeon Bay with the assistance of tug boats. The boat tracking website MarineTraffic does not show the final destination for the Roger Blough.