On 26 Aug 03, at approximately 2325, the Motor Tanker (M/T) FANDANGO
could not get her main engine to start from the bridge or the control room.
The M/T FANDANGO returned to the dock
and had their classification society, Det Norske Veritas, inspect the vessel.
The class survey identified a burnt out fuse in the engine
control panel was identified as the failure that caused the incident.
The engine was tested in all modes while at berth
and found to be operating satisfactorily.
On 27 Aug 03 at approximately 1830,
I received a report from Marine Safety Office New Orleans
that the M/T FANDANGO has again having a power irregularity
while transiting down the Mississippi River at approximately mile marker 180.
The Captain of the Port New Orleans ordered the M/T FANDANGO to anchorage
and to have their classification society, Det attend the vessel.
Due to the reoccurring problem,
the M/T FANDANGO flew in a technician specializing in their governor system.
The technician identified a cooling fan in the power supply
had burnt out causing the system to overheat and go into safe shutdown mode.
The M/T FANDANGO tested the system under a load
for approximately eight hours before being allowed to depart.
No pollution, damage or injuries resulted from this incident.