Safety warning after liquid petroleum gas causes explosion on vessel with 4 people injured

This document warns owners, skippers and crews about potential hazards associated with using LPG on board craft and makes recommendations.

Safety Bulletin 1/1999

SB-1-1999-Lord-Trenchard.pdf (131.04 kb)


On 30 June 1999 an explosion occurred in the sail training vessel Lord Trenchard while alongside in Poole Harbour. Four people were on board; all were injured, one very seriously. The vessel was badly damaged. The ongoing investigation found that the leakage of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) was a crucial factor.

This bulletin was published to remind owners, skippers and crews of the potential dangers associated with use of LPG in small craft.

Issued: July 1999

Published 23 January 2015