July 14, 2020

Boat FIreSaturday, July 4th about 4:40 p.m., a boat had just finished refuelling at Bridge Port Marina in Orillia, Ontario when an explosion almost knocked marina President Trevor Lecluse right over. He was about 100 feet away when the fire erupted. Other marina staff were there as well.

Quick-thinking marina staff ensured boat fire was contained, with one Bridge Port staffer grabbing two fire extinguishers and holding the fire off long enough the one person onboard to get off the boat. Staff hit the marina emergency fuel system shut off, but the vessel’s fire suppression system did not deploy.

The boat was hastily untied and pushed out into the channel and away from the fuel dock with the assistance of the OPP boat that had quickly responded. The older aft cabin cruiser had just been filled up and coincidentally, the marina tanks had just been filled earlier that day.

Boating Industry Canada News Week contacted the marina and Trevor Lecluse described the sequence of events. After the initial explosion and immediate actions of marina staff to push the boat away from the docks and buildings, 911 calls went out. Within minutes, Orillia Fire Chief Brent Thomas was on the scene and other first responders joined quickly.

Boat Fire"Marina staff did a fantastic job using some extinguishers (to attempt to put out the blaze), but quickly realized the fire was spreading so the vessel was pushed away from the dock," Thomas told media outlet OrilliaMatters.

"They evacuated the area and shut down their fuel pumps before Orillia Fire arrived on scene. The staff there did exactly what their fire safety plan requires and did it well," said Thomas, in praising the efforts of marina staff.

Orillia Fire, with the assistance of Rama Fire and Ramara Fire marine units, quickly knocked down the fire then carefully extinguished the remaining fire "while being able to keep the vessel's fuel on board so as not to contaminate the waterway."

"We had the assistance of OPP and were in contact with the Spills Action Centre, Canadian Coast Guard and MTO Marine Safety division to ensure safety of boaters and the environment were maintained," Thomas told OrilliaMatters.

Boat FireTrevor Lecluse was a bit more relaxed when News Week spoke to him four days later, but the stress and the realization of what could have happened was still overwhelming. No one was hurt, no fuel was spilled and miraculously, all the emergency people and first responders were right there at the moment they were needed.

Following the successful containment and salvage of the destroyed vessel and the fuel onboard, efforts to document the events and to use this as a learning and training opportunity started immediately.

What would you have done if this happened at your club or marina?

Would your people have acted as quickly (or as heroically)? Are fire extinguishers as near at hand?

Between Bridge Port Marina and Mariposa next door, there are about 400 slips. A fire could have spread out of control in mere minutes, and with epic damage if things had gone differently.

We are relieved that this major event resulted in no significant injury or loss and we look forward to the learning that is expected to come of this.
Boat Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Prev
Tomorrow night, April 7 at 7pm, hear the remarkable history of the legendary Red Jacket, a ...
The Boating Industry Canada Employer of Choice Award program is excited to announce the launch of ...
Marine Service Technicians Float Your Boat - Marine Service Technicians (MSTs) are the people ...
With the continued volatility and uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Atlantic ...
The Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) is the AMI Training Institute’s most popular course which ...
For a limited time, it is free to join the Boating Industry Canada Employer of Choice, (BICEOC) ...
With COVID vaccines in distribution around the country and news of various events returning ...
At Canadian Yachting Media, we love your Boating Photos!  Submit your boating photos for a ...
CCEOC Inc., and Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest are pleased to announce more award ...
CCEOC Inc., and Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest are pleased to announce more award ...

Boating Industry Canada News Week

 

Every Tuesday we publish a fresh Digest with informative articles pertaining to the Canadian boating and marine industry. Stay up to date with the latest products, research and industry developments.

Missed an Issue of Boating Industry Canada News Week? If you're looking for a specific issue, or simply want to catch up on previous issues, check out our Boating Industry Canada News Week Archives.

Not signed up for News Week? Subscribe here

 

 

 

 

 

Changing Scene

  • Prev
In the March 26th edition of Boating Industry Canada News Week Digest, we carried the huge ...
In their March 26th newsletter, the NMMA reported that 2020 was both a historic year for ...
On Monday, March 29th, fire broke out in a group of power boats stored on the hard and still under ...
Visitors to Volvo Penta’s booth at the 2021 Palm Beach International Boat Show will have ...
Crown Battery Manufacturing, one of the world’s oldest continually operating battery producers, ...
Dakota Lithium believes that quality is measured by lifespan and focuses on building batteries that ...
Countless boats have been abandoned across the province of Ontario in backyards, storage ...
On March 5th, the NMMA announced 58 recipients of the 2020 Marine Industry Customer ...
March 8TH, on International Women’s Day, MasterCraft Boat Company kicked off its “Let Her Rip” ...
Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) have ...

WANT TO SELL DAKOTA LITHIUM BATTERIES IN CANADA?

Dakota BatteryDakota Lithium believes that quality is measured by lifespan and focuses on building batteries that last a very long time. By harnessing their unique chemistry and engineering know-how Dakota Lithium lasts 4x longer than traditional batteries, providing lasting value and reducing e-waste and the impact on the planet.

Dakota Lithium has been building lithium batteries since 2008. With a decade plus of high-powered adventures under their belt, they know that Dakota Lithium batteries last a long, long time. Dakota stands behind their craftsmanship with a best in class 11-year warranty on all batteries.

Read More


 

VERATRON DEBUTS SMALLEST N2K GNSS ANTENNA

Veratron N2K GNSS AntennaAt a mere 2.4" in diameter, the Veratron GO is the smallest NMEA 2000® certified GNSS antenna on the market. Truly plug-and-play, the high-performance integrated GPS, GLONASS and Galileo receiver is available in two navigation models and a Bluetooth version for monitoring onboard networked systems.


Starting off the series is Veratron GO GPS, the satellite-only version. Alternately, Veratron GO Data offers a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) gateway that enables users to monitor engine, battery, navigation and other vessel performance data on Veratron's new NavDash mobile app.

Read More


 

People

  • Prev
Boating Industry Magazine today announced that Lauren Beckstedt, Chief Marketing Officer, ...
Western Marine Company is pleased to announce the hiring of Colin Clark to the crew at ...
Mike has been an integral member of the Georgian Bay boating community for over 28 years. Beginning ...
Regal Boats is pleased to announce that Jake Kuck has been promoted to Vice President of North ...
BENETEAU is pleased to announce the appointment of Don Smith as the new President of ...
Marine Marketers of America (MMA) today announced the election of new officers and ...
The Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP), the nation’s leading advocate for saltwater recreational ...
MarineMax recently announced Julie Balzano as the Brand Marketing Manager to oversee marketing ...
It is with great sadness that we announce that Frank Willis Butler, President and Chief Executive ...
Carling Technologies is saddened to announce that its Director of Sales for the Maretron ...