Fire in pump room on tanker Bitfjord

Location: Loading berth at the Port of Dundee, Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Bitfjord

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Tarbit Shipping
Port of registry:   Skarhamn
Flag:   Sweden
Type:   Tanker
Built:   Details
Classification society:   Lloyds Register
Length overall:   85.2
Gross tonnage:   1573.00
Date & Time   28/04/05 08:30
Location of incident:   Dundee harbour area
Incident Type:   Fire/Explosion
Persons onboard:   8 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor Damage/No Pollution


The bitumen carrier, Bitfjord, suffered a small fire in the pump room while it was alongside her loading berth in the Port of Dundee . The fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of oil-soaked lagging.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the vessel’s owner with advice on the following:

  • Correct entry procedures for enclosed spaces

  • The provision of effective protective coating on cargo pipework insulation to prevent contamination by flammable liquids

  • The importance of inspection and maintenance to avoid flammable liquid spills.

Published 23 January 2015