News: MAIB report - STOLT GROENLAND

News & Insights 3 August 2021

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UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released its investigation report into the explosion and subsequent fire on board the chemical tanker STOLT GROENLAND whilst she was at Ulsan in September 2019.

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UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released its investigation report into the explosion and subsequent fire on board the chemical tanker STOLT GROENLAND whilst she was at Ulsan in September 2019.

A cargo tank containing Styrene Monomer ruptured due to runaway polymerisation. The catastrophic rupture released a large quantity of vapour to the atmosphere, which subsequently ignited.

The MAIB report highlights a series of safety issues including:

  • The styrene monomer was affected by other heated cargo tanks;
  • Heat transfer from other cargoes was not fully appreciated;
  • The styrene monomer temperature was not monitored.

The report is available for download at the below link from MAIB website.

Category: Loss Prevention

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