Feb 212016
 

In this week’s SafeSpace Replay: A ship filled with wheat, a seafarer dead in his cabin, fumigants in the holds but the holds were sealed. Weren’t they?

You might not smell trouble but you might see it coming, even if it wears a mask

 

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This week’s podcast replay: The Case of the Tablets Of Love

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Apr 272015
 

You might not smell trouble but you might see it coming, even if it wears a mask

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We’ll call him Danek, not his real name but he was a real person, a Polish able seaman and one of nine crew aboard the 30 years old 81 metre general cargo ship Monika, flagged in Antigua Barbuda. Danek’s cabin is in the forward part of the accommodation which overhangs the aft bulkhead of one of Monika’s two holds by about half a metre. Next to his cabin is the ship’s hospital.

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‘Love Gas’ Downs 16 Seafarers On Bulker

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Dec 222010
 
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Hermann Schoening

Sixteen of 21 seafarers have been evacuated from the one-year old  Liberian-registered bulker Hermann Schoening due to phosphine gas leaking from cargo holds into the accommodation block. Phosphine gas is a fumigant widely used on grain carriers and is often generated by aluminium phosphide tablets, nicked in parts of Latin America as Tablets of Love because of their use by suicidees.

An investigation is underway but the scale of the incident suggests that the gas may have entered the accommodation block through the ventilation system. Phosphine gas has been known to enter the bridge and lead to a fatality. In another incident, which is the subject of the MAC podcast “The Case of the Tablets of Love”, the gas entered a cabin through pinholes between the cargo hold and the cabin.

Phosphine gas has a characteristic ‘garlicky’ smell but that may be masked by other odours onboard.

The Hermann Schoening incident is an example of a particular class of incident in which space that would not normally be regarded as confined spaces share the hazard of a confined space due to direct atmospheric linkage.

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New Podcast: The Case Of The Tablets Of Love

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Feb 272009
 

You might not smell trouble
but you might see it coming,
even if it wears a mask

cctv image of the grounded vessel

A seasick seafarer is later found dead in his cabin. The culprit? The notorious suicide pill known as the “Tablet of Love”, but how?

Learn the lessons of The Case Of The Tablets Of Love here

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