Failure of cargo pump and subsequent explosion on tanker Esso Mersey with loss of 2 lives

Location: Fawley Marine Terminal, Southampton, England.

Accident Investigation Report: Esso Mersey

Investigation reports into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:




Report of the investigation into the explosion on the Motor Tanker Esso Mersey on 4 September 1991 resulting in the loss of two lives.

In light of new evidence the Inspector’s Inquiry was reopened.

Reopened Inquiry published: 1996. Originally published: 1993

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015