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Cargo ship nears sinking off Croatia, eight crew rescued

Eight crew members were evacuated form the Turkish cargo ship ‘Haksa’, after she suffered a water ingress in its engine room, while underway in the Adriatic Sea, off Croatia, near the island of Jabuka, on Sunday, according to data provided by the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of Croatia.

Leak by damaged pipe causes fire to Ro-Ro’s engine room

While a coastal Ro-Ro passenger vessel was at berth, it was using a auxiliary boiler to provide onboard accommodation heating, while the engines were not operating. After the boiler began working, fire broke out near the boiler, caused by a leak. The engineers quickly shut the boiler down and put the fire out with a foam fire extinguisher.

Hazards associated with dirty engine room bilges

A recent analysis of the Shipowners Club’s Condition Survey Programme highlighted that approximately 25% of the vessels surveyed reported contaminated engine room bilges. As such, the Club draw attention to the potential fire hazards associated with oily engine room bilges and the checks and steps that a ship’s crew should undertake to address this issue. 

Failed fuel pipe causes engine room fire

In its latest Monthly Safety Scenario, the Swedish Club presents an incident of engine room fire caused by the emergency quick acting valves not being properly closed. Many fires are caused by hot spots not being covered by the required insulation which might have been removed during maintenance.

Gallery: Investigation of fire aboard ‘MOL Prestige’

US Coast Guard and senior investigators with the Transportation and Safety Board of Canada boarded the 876-foot container ship ‘MOL Prestige’ on 12 February, at Pier 18 in the Port of Seattle, to begin preliminary investigations into the cause of the engine room fire that the vessel suffered earlier this month. 

Inefficient firefighting system and crew training lead to sinking

In January 2016, the passenger vessel PeeJay V caught fire and sank, because the main firefighting system was ineffective and staff did not fully understand how it should work. New Zealand’s TAIC issued a report on the incident, noting that, for a CO2 firefighting system to be useful, the space must be airtight and everyone involved should be fully trained.

DNV GL approves Kongsberg’s digital engine room simulators

Kongsberg Digital has received DNV-GL statements of compliance for two Engine Room Simulator models, designed to provide training on the K-Sim Engine simulator platform. The certification, based on the requirements of STCW Convention, Regulation I/12, was awarded to the DEDF Cruise Ferry and L11 MAN 6S70 ME SCC K-Sim Engine models in December 2017.

Safety eyewear may be insufficient protection against chemicals

When a duty engineer was investigating an engine room leakage, the delivery side plastic hose for one of the dosing pumps suddenly disconnected, causing chemical to spurt out from the hose and into his face and left eye. After undergoing many operations and treatments, the vision in the affected eye remained significantly impaired.

Cat fines a threat for engine damage

Refinery catalytic fines in marine fuel oil are not a new problem but in recent years there appears to have been an increase in the frequency of engine damage caused by these highly abrasive particles, UK P&I Club advised in an article written by Brookes Bell.

Fuel oil leak causes engine room fire

Transport Malta’s Marine Safety Investigation Unit issued an investigation report regarding the engine room fire onboard the cruise ship ‘THOMSON MAJESTY’ in South of Gorgona Island, on 21 October 2016.

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