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Safety lessons: using safe chemical cleaning procedures on ships

A safety message to the shipping industry stressing the need for strict adherence to confined space routines and risk assessments for potentially dangerous maintenance tasks.


MAIB safety flyer issued March 2007

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Summary of an explosion during a starboard boiler examination on the liquid natural gas (LNG) tanker Hilli resulting in 1 fatality and 1 serious injury, detailing the importance of identifying safe ventilation arrangements when using chemical cleaners and non-intrinsically safe equipment.

The information has been prepared for the:

  • shipping industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

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Published 27 March 2007

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