Research and analysis

Safety lessons: minimising the risks of radiation exposure on ships

A safety message to the shipping industry about identifying and managing any radioactive sources within equipment and cargoes.


MAIB safety flyer issued May 2011

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This summary concerns the major fire and explosion on the self-unloading (SUL) bulk carrier Yeoman Bontrup and the subsequent discovery of radioactive silometers in the area of the fire.

The information has been prepared for the:

  • shipping industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 5 May 2011