Tug boats have the Spirit of Norfolk in tow under Coast Guard supervision while a Coast Guard Station Portsmouth 45-foot response boat crew prepares to escort the boat out of Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia, June 12, 2022. The Spirit of Norfolk caught fire on June 7 and will be moved to Colonnas Shipyard.

Spirit of Norfolk Towed to Shipyard After Fire

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June 13, 2022

The passenger vessel Spirit of Norfolk has been towed to the Colonna Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, where the investigation into last week’s fire will continue, the U.S. Coast Guard said over the weekend.

The Unified Command responding to the incident confirmed the fire aboard the vessel was extinguished as of 9:58 a.m. Saturday.

Crews completed dewatering efforts, conducted final surveys and assessed the ship’s stability to ensure the vessel was safe to tow. Divers inspected the hull and sealed off access points so no more water would enter. 

As of Sunday morning, Spirit of Norfolk salvage crews completed the tow of the vessel to Colonna’s Shipyard where the joint Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigation team will continue to work towards determining the cause of the fire.

The fire on the Spirit of Norfolk started broke out last Tuesday, June 7, as the vessel hosted school group with 89 students on board. The passengers were disembarked to another cruise vessel as commercial, federal and local entities worked to fight the fire, bringing the vessel alongside the pier at Naval Station Norfolk.

Of the 106 people on board at the time, no injuries were reported.

Spirit of Norfolk is operated by City Experiences (City Cruises), part of Hornblower Group.

The Unified Command overseeing the response has stood down. The Coast Guard will continue to maintain oversight and monitor the vessel, which must request permission from the Captain of the Port for any future movement.

City Cruises will work to determine the final disposition of the Spirit of Norfolk.

Tug boats have the Spirit of Norfolk in tow under Coast Guard supervision while a Coast Guard Station Portsmouth 45-foot response boat crew escorts the boat out of Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia, June 12, 2022. The Spirit of Norfolk caught fire on June 7 and will be moved to Colonnas Shipyard.
Tug boats have the Spirit of Norfolk in tow under Coast Guard supervision while a Coast Guard Station Portsmouth 45-foot response boat crew escorts the boat out of Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia, June 12, 2022. The Spirit of Norfolk caught fire on June 7, and will be moved to Colonnas Shipyard.
The Spirit of Norfolk is in tow and meeting the Coast Guard Station Portsmouth 45-foot response boat crew for the escort to Colonnas Shipyard from Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia, June 12, 2022. The Spirit of Norfolk caught fire on June 7, prompting a good Samaritan vessel to rescue the 108 passengers and crew aboard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Dustin Williams

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