Boiler No. 23 on the S/S Norway, formerly the France, exploded on May 25, 2003 in Miami, Florida, killing eight crewmembers, seriously injuring 10, with another seven minor injuries. Damage was estimated at up to $23m.
The Norway was one of the last steam-driven cruise liners operating from US ports. When launched as the France she was the longest cruise liner in the world. She was scrapped following the accident after 43 years in service.
The cause of the accident, according to the just-released NTSB report was: “the deficient boiler operation, maintenance, and inspection practices of Norwegian Cruise Line, which allowed material deterioration and fatigue cracking to weaken the boiler. Inadequate boiler surveys by Bureau Veritas contributed to the cause of the accident.” However, NTSB member Katheryn O’Leary Higgins voted down the brief.
The SS Norway