U.S. Coast Guard damaged by fire at Tampa shipyard

Courtesy of the Tampa Fire Department

Posted on December 14, 2021 at 11:28 PM by

The maritime executive

A U.S. Coast Guard caught fire during maintenance in a port of Tampa Bay dry dock, local first responders said.

Last week the cutter Benjamin dailey was in a dry dock at the Tampa Ship facility in the Tampa Inner Harbor. At around 7:30 p.m. Friday, workers in the dry dock saw smoke billowing from the ship and called 911.

Three fire trucks were dispatched to the scene, and the first fire teams to arrive saw smoke and flames “under deck … through the roof of the ship.” The incident commander called for more firefighters and resources to manage the risk of the fire spreading.

According to firefighters, the blaze was brought under control in about 45 minutes and extinguished in an hour. No injuries were reported and Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Ayla Hudson told the Tampa Bay Times no one was on board.

An arson investigator attended the scene and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

USCGC Benjamin dailey is a 150-foot Sentinel-class cutter, and is the 23rd ship in the series. It was delivered by Bollinger in April 2017 and has since been relocated to Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was instrumental in the search and rescue response after the jackup capsized Power of Seacor in April 2021.

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