A tanker was underway at sea when two crew members noticed smoke coming from the upper deck alleyway. They alerted the rest of the crew and started investigating the source of the smoke.
They quickly found that the canvas cover of the emergency towing wire aft had caught fire. The emergency response procedures were activated and the fire was quickly extinguished.
The company investigation concluded that the incident was probably caused by a soot particle emitted from the funnel during soot blowing.
- Soot blowing has associated risks. As such, proper procedures and risk control measures should be implemented.
- The OOW on the bridge should be informed before soot blowing begins. It may be necessary to alter the ship’s course during blowing to help prevent soot deposits and sparks from accumulating on deck.
- Soot blowing must not be carried out when the wind is blowing from the stern.
- During the soot blowing process deck crew should be assigned to monitor the open deck and ensure that sparks and ignited soot are safely controlled.
- Combustible material should not be stored on the open deck. It should always be properly and safely stored in closed, dedicated spaces.
You might also like to read..
- Seafarers Win Commitment To Mandatory Internet Access In International Law
- ABS-Approved Sterntube-Less Ship Concept To Save Shipowners Thousands While Keeping Oceans Clean
- Top 12 Tanker Shipping Companies in the World
- NYK’s First Chief Engineers Successfully Complete NTMA And Internal Training Program
- One Of World’s Largest 24,000TEU Ultra Large Container Carriers Undocked In Shanghai
- Seafarers’ Unions Agree On New Three-Year Global Minimum Wage ‘Safety Net’ Deal
- Russian Navy Open Fires At Cargo Ship Sailing Towards Mariupol Port
- Methane Leak From LNG Powered Cargo Ship Caught In Infrared Camera
- 4 Filipino Seafarers Arrested In Australia For Reportedly Importing Cocaine