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Stolt Groenland interim report published

Explosion and fire on board the chemical tanker Stolt Groenland at the Port of Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

Tank Rupture

Tank rupture and ignition of released vapour on Stolt Groenland

On 28 September 2019 the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands requested, in accordance with the IMO Casualty Investigation Code, that the MAIB investigate an explosion and fire on board the chemical tanker Stolt Groenland which occurred that day in Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

Our investigation is ongoing but we have produced this interim report to highlight issues to chemical tanker owners/operators and to request information from ship owners, ship and terminal operators, or individuals regarding any accident or ‘near-misses’ involving the carriage of styrene monomer on board ships, including any actions subsequently taken.

If you have any relevant information, this should be should be addressed to the Stolt Groenland investigation team at maib@dft.gov.uk or, alternatively, you can call us on +44 (0)23 8039 5500.

A full report will be published after the completion of our investigation.

Fireball viewed from the Ulsan bridge

Fireball viewed from the Ulsan bridge

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Published 16 December 2019