Lesson learned

- When activating flooding systems there is a chance that CO2 may leak into the space itself, either directly from the cylinders and/or associated piping. As such, the space may quickly fill with CO2, presenting a hazardous atmosphere to persons inside;

-Therefore, after seeking guidance from the maritime fire-fighting school, our member recommended the use of BA whenever;

  • entering the CO2 cylinder space after activating the system from a remote point
  • when activation of the CO2 system is required from within the CO2 cylinder space itself, or
  • whenever undertaking drills within the CO2 cylinder space;

-Steps were taken to review relevant vessel specific procedures and, where required, update them to include guidance on the use of BA equipment in CO2 cylinder rooms/spaces.