Pardon me for asking, but isn’t the boat in a harbor, which is made of water, which puts out fires?
I don’t know a whole lot about shipboard firefighting but when a fire is layered, like between decks, it’s awful hard to get the water to the fire.
It’ll be put out when it starts melting and sinks into the harbor. Then the fires will go out. Read up on the French ship Normandie that burned at her pier in New York harbor.
“Pardon me for asking, but isnt the boat in a harbor, which is made of water, which puts out fires?”
The fire is all over the ship now. But if it starts to threaten the fuel bunkers then I would expect them to scuttle her and sink the ship at the pier. That would put a wall of water between the fire and the ships fuel reserves. But it would also all but condemn the ship to the scrapyard.
This may not be what they used to call “Alpha Fire” that can be quickly defeated with water.
It may be more chemically fueled.
Well...ships are built to keep the ocean water on the outside of the hull.
The Rear Adm said there are areas they can’t see or get to, but they can detect heat there. Seems like bad news.
They should tow it out to shallow waters and scuttle it and that will put the fires out. Then they can refloat it later.
A class “D” metal fire can not be put out with water. Water on a “D” fire actually puts off toxic fumes. This will not end well if the 1,000,000 gallons of fuel ignite. I’d move every ship as far away as possible. Personally, in the beginning when they abandoned ship, I’d have cur 4x4 holes in the hull stuck a 3” smooth bore tip in their from a fire boat and flooded the compartments on fire.
I haven't read the whole thread yet, so I'm sorry if this has been responded to, but as a native local and the bay being my old stomping grounds that the deepest part of the bay is the channel. Where the burning ship is is right outside of the channel. The channel is right outside of the containment booms you see floating out in front of the bow. The channel runs parallel to the coast at that point, and would probably be (without breaking out my charts) the only part of the bay that would come close to being able to swallow a ship like that. That would block all large traffic to the southern part of the bay.
About 1.8 million gallons of F-76 distillate fuel and 400,000+ gallons of JP-5 aviation turbine fuel at full load. That fuel is going to burn until they get it out.