I caught a genset in a container on fire. The fire department had to come and everything. It was my 2nd hitch.
First time starting up the genset, by myself too. I start it up, and it’s smoking bad. I shut it off, tell the mate on the radio it smoking a LOT more than it should be, and it’s right. >”they always smoke a bit. They’re diesel”
Ignores what I say, and has me start it up again. I watch it smoke a bit for a minute, and the plume dies down a bit.
I headed back to the wheelhouse, proceed to recap and bullshit with the mate. We see a fire truck coming up down the road, and comment “where do ya think that’s going”
Then we got a call that “a fucking container is on fire!”
My greenhorn ass had to stand there while the fire department kept trying to put out a smoke, wondering if I was about to get kicked off the boat.
Turns out, the generator just had clogged injectors. I guess they catch fire sometimes as well.