Maersk attributed the incident to a “severe turbocharger breakdown” in the engine room. It caused a minor fire that the crew “promptly extinguished,” according to company spokesman Thomas Boyd.
“The cause of the turbocharger breakdown is unknown at this time,” he said. “There (was) no further damage to the vessel and all cargo is intact.”
Authorities in the United States likely will not investigate the engine problem or crewmember injury because the incident occurred on a foreign-flagged ship sailing in international waters, Coast Guard spokesman Ronald Hodges said.
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