Research and analysis

Safety lessons: guidance for ships carrying fumigated cargoes

A safety message to the shipping industry on the appropriate precautions to take when handling fumigants.


MAIB accident flyer issued October 2013

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This summary concerns the evacuation of the crew from the general cargo vessel Arklow Meadow following the release of phosphine gas during the discharge of its cargo.

The information has been prepared for the:

  • shipping industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 3 October 2013