Safety bureau wraps boiler-maker in ship fire

Crew of Maltese ship which exploded unaware of the hazards associated with a boiler furnace

October 22, 2009

The crew on board the Maltese carrier Saldanha was not aware of the hazards associated with an auxiliary boiler furnace which exploded on board the vessel in November last year, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has found.

The explosion on November 18 severely burnt one of the ship's engineers while he was attempting to service the machine.

The ATSB also found the manufacturer of the Volcano Company-built Osaka OEVC composite boiler issued a safety bulletin which did not inform operators the unit could not be modified.

The report complied by the ATSB recommends Volcano Company takes safety action to address the safety issue of the boiler after it came to light similar incidents had taken place on board three other vessels previous to the Saldanha incident.

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