Firefighters from the Portland (Maine) Fire Department were quick to respond last week to reports of smoke in the engine room of the 286' Ocean Navigator, a visiting cruise ship.

The ship was moored at Portland’s Ocean Gateway Terminal during the incident, according to the Coast Guard.

One of the cruise ship's crew sustained burn injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. The injuries were considered serious but not life-threatening.

Several fire trucks and a Portland fireboat were dispatched to the cruise ship, which had 128 passengers and 82 crew onboard. 

The harbor master reported that the fire was under control an hour after being reported. 

The Coast Guard said the fire occurred in an engine room generator. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, and efforts were made to assess the ship's seaworthiness after ventilation procedures. 


American Queen Voyages, the owner of the vessel, announced on Thursday that it was canceling the remainder of the trip out of concern for damage from the fire and the weekend’s adverse weather forecast.

“We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause our passengers, and we want to emphasize that this decision was not made lightly,” the company wrote in a statement.

WorkBoat recently toured the PFD’s City of Portland IV fireboat, which can be viewed here.

Ben Hayden is a Maine resident who grew up in the shipyards of northern Massachusetts. He can be reached at (207) 842-5430 and [email protected].