A chief mate, while inspecting cargo, dies from asphyxiation caused due to oxidation of the zinc concentrate, which was loaded in the ship.
Accidents relating to entry into enclosed spaces have resulted in a large number of deaths of both ship and shore personnel so far this year. David Nichol, UK P&I Club risk assessor, reviews enclosed space incidents and his suggestions for safer working practices.
The Maritime Authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry.
This is a true incident in which three lives were lost on board ship on the same day because of the failure to follow basic confined space entry procedures.