Feb 112016
 

Toxic fumes killed a 24 year old seafarer aboard a Russian flagged chemical products, Araz River, in the Adriatic. Reports say that the seafarer and two others, who were hospitalised, had been cleaning a tank after unloading a cargo of canola oil at the port of Vasto.

Italian media say that residues of canola oil reacted with detergent being used for cleaning producing fumes that led to respiratory failure.

The vessel has been detained and police are investigating whether appropriate procedures were followed. Maritime safety investigations appear unlikely.

According to the Equasis database a port state control inspection identified nine deficiencies, four of which were directly related to safety issues.

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