Maritime New Zealand issued a safety update to inform of the potential problems and risks that can occur from fixed gas fire extinguishing systems on vessels, focusing on CO2 systems.
USCG’s Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis issued Marine Safety Alert 07-19 to remind ship owners and operators of closely monitoring aboard the vessels, while in lay-up status. The alert follows a Great Lakes bulker that was laid up for the winter and experienced a fire that resulted to major cosmetic, machinery, and structural damage.
The United States Coast Guard issued a safety alert, in order to inform about a fuel spray fire onboard a commercial vessel. These types of incidents, involving fuel leakages contacting hot surfaces and igniting, happen too frequently and have been a focus of various marine safety organizations, such as the IMO, for many years.
West of England P&I Club issued a Loss Prevention bulletin, regarding fires and explosions, due to aluminium phosphide fumigation. Recently, the Club has experienced several similar incidents in cargo holds, on-board bulk carriers, where aluminium phosphide tablets had been applied to fumigate agricultural products.
During a number of recent ship visits, UK P&I Club’s Risk Assessors have found many cases where the filter elements and filter chambers of the vessel’s tumble dryers (both domestic and industrial units) have not been cleared of lint build up. The Club highlights the dangers of blocked filters which may result in fire hazards onboard.
UK Club advises operators loading charcoal from Namibia
US Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Alert 03-14 to remind to vessel owners/ operators and also fire safety equipment servicing companies to use caution when replacing components on hand portable fire extinguishers.
The London P&I Club has issued alert regarding distresed sugar cargoes from Santos. The Club had previoulsy reported a fire broke out at the Copersucar Sugar Terminal in Santos a few months ago
Fire at Copersucar Sugar Terminal in Santos
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