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Mis-declared dangerous cargo possible cause of KMTC Hong Kong fire

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Port Authority Director of Thailand, Kamolsak Phromprayoon, has reported that the fire onboard the ‘KMTC Hong Kong’ containership was due to mis-declared chemical cargoes of calcium hypochlorite and chlorinated paraffin wax.

More than 130 people were transferred to hospital after an explosion and fire onboard the South Korean container ship ‘KMTC Hong Kong’ while berthed in Thailand’s eastern Laem Chabang port.

The port Authority inspected 35 containers at the centre of the blaze and more than half of them contained chemical products.

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MAIB report into the fatal sinking of Nancy Glen recommends a regular review of small fishing vessels’ stability

At about 1750 on 18 January 2018, the prawn trawler Nancy Glen (TT100) capsized and later sank in Lower Loch Fyne, Scotland.

Weather conditions were benign, and rescuers were quickly at the scene; however, only one of the three crew survived.

Nancy Glen was trawling at the time of the accident and the combined effect of a turn to starboard at the same time as the starboard net filling with mud caused the vessel to rapidly heel to starboard, then capsize. Through life modifications to the vessel had reduced its stability, increasing its vulnerability to capsize.

Realising the seriousness of the situation, one crewman dashed to escape. However, the darkness, disorientation, rapid nature of the Continue reading “MAIB report into the fatal sinking of Nancy Glen recommends a regular review of small fishing vessels’ stability”

New safety requirements for older UK passenger ships go out for second consultation

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency begins a second public consultation today on proposed new technical requirements for domestic passenger ships.

The planned changes aim to make sure older ships more closely match the safety standards of newer vessels.

Feedback on the initial consultation has been used to modify the proposals in the areas relating to lifejacket provision, fire safety and the vessels in scope of damage stability requirements.

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Crankcase breach of port main engine leads to fire says new report

Photo credit: NTSB. Inboard side of Leland Speake's port main engine at the lower engine room level
Photo credit: NTSB. Inboard side of Leland Speake’s port main engine at the lower engine room level

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published an investigation report into the engine room fire onboard the towing vessel Leland Speakes on the Lower Mississippi River in February 2018.

A catastrophic failure and crankcase breach of the port main engine caused the fire.

On 21 February 2018, at 0740, the towing vessel Leland Speakes was pushing 21 barges upbound on the Lower Mississippi River when a fire broke out in the engine room at mile 520.6, south of Greenville, Mississippi.

The nine crew members onboard tried to fight the fire but, unable to control it, abandoned the vessel to a skiff dispatched from a Good Samaritan towboat. Continue reading “Crankcase breach of port main engine leads to fire says new report”

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