A fire on board the General II threatens to keep the car barge out of order for at least a week, according to the Virgin Islands Daily News. Leaking hydraulic fluid is being blamed for a blaze which erupted in the General’s engine room. The boat was not in service at the time and there were no injuries, the newspaper reported.
This is going to create a problem for the island. At full strength, there are four car barges operating, with a boat leaving Enighed Pond every half hour. However, while the General is being repaired, and not sailing, one of the other barges is also in dry dock for maintenance.