Research and analysis

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.

Document

MAIB safety flyer issued March 2007

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Details

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.

Published 27 March 2007