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|
|Classification society:||Lloyds Register|
|Date & Time||28/04/05 08:30|
|Location of incident:||Dundee harbour area|
|Persons onboard:||8 crew|
|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.
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.