Aug 042008

We don’t normally cover incidents on military vessels but a fire aboard a Finnish minelayer, Pohjanmaa may yet have lessons for civilian merchant vessels, mainly, watch where you dry your socks.

Pohjanmaa, the biggest ship in the Finnish navy, caught fire on 1st August. According to Finnish news agency STT the fire was quickly extinguished and there was minimal damage.

According to the ship’s captain, Lieutenant Commander Jon von Weissenberg, “Conscripts had left their gear in the wrong place.” Those things being wet socks, the wrong place being too close to a radiator used for drying said socks.

MAC is well aware of cases in which oil-contaminated clothing has caught fire when near a source of heat (And of course, oil-soaked rags spontaneously combusting), but socks are a new one, although given the occasional lapse of personal hygiene a self-combusting sock might not be too impossible.

Anyway, beware of Finnish sailors with blazing socks.

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