ATSB Reports on Explosion

Tuesday, October 29, 2002
The Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) issued its report on the explosion with loss of life that occurred on the Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier NEGO KIM at Dampier on 18 November 2001. Eight crew members were involved in spray painting inside a ballast tank. While atmospheric conditions in the tank were adequate when the painting commenced, the ship's safety management manuals provided no clear instructions on hazards of painting operations and for checking on changing conditions in enclosed spaces. The ATSB also recommended that the port's emergency response plan be reviewed to remove ambiguities and ensure a consistent and appropriate approach to emergency situations. Source: HK Law
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