Small Fire at New York Pier

September 28, 2008
A small fire broke out at the New York City Cruise Terminal in Manhattan earlier today. Contrary to initial reports, there were no cruise ship evacuations, and the fire was extinguished without issue or injury.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Jewel were all in port, and despite minor operational delays -- and quite a bit of commotion from the many fire trucks that arrived at the scene -- there were no changes in cruise schedules.

Tom Spina, Director of Cruise operation New York City Economic Development Corporation, explained the situation to Cruise Critic. The fire started underneath the pier when insulation surrounding underwater piping, which is used to keep water from freezing during winter months, ignited. Divers were called in to put out the flames using a special dry chemical.

--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor