Explosion During Tank Cleaning Operation

A vessel was in ballast condition and undertaking tank cleaning prior to entering loading port. The crew was cleaning the No. 2 port cargo tank by spraying toluene from the top of the tank cleaning hatch opening into the tank. During the cleaning operation a flashback explosion occurred, killing one crew member and injuring another. This incident took place on a chemicals tanker in 1996.

2013.04.19 - Explosion During Tank Cleaning Operation

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