Will Your FFF CO2 Work When You Need It? Part Two

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Dec 222010

(Mac understands that the CO2 safety alerts arise from the fire aboard Carnival Splendour. If it can happen to Carnival it can happen to you)

A machinery space fire onboard a relatively new vessel was effectively responded to and extinguished by the vessel’s quick response team firefighters using portable extinguishing equipment.

However, before it was declared completely extinguished and approximately five hours after the fire started, the master of the vessel made the decision to release CO2 from the vessel’s fixed firefighting system. It failed to operate as designed.

Subsequently, crewmembers were unable to activate it manually and CO2 was never directed into the machinery space.

The following issues pertaining to the CO2 system were discovered. Continue reading »

Maersk Duffield Fire: Stud May Have led To Cranky Catastrophe

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Dec 192010

Damage to number three DG

Let’s start with the good news in the Australian Transport Safety Board, ATSB, report on the catastrophic crankcase fail, explosion and fire aboard  Maersk Duffield in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia on 10 December 2009:

“The decision to use the ship’s fixed CO2 fire extinguishing system was prudent and the prompt use of the ship’s fire dampers, remote valves and emergency stops almost certainly reduced the severity of the damage to the generator room… Engine room re-entry and ventilation did not occur until after it had been determined that the fire was extinguished and that it was safe to do so. This occurred almost 3 hours after the fire had started”.

In this case the fire had initially been attacked with hoses and extinguishers until the Chief engineer decided that the fire was too big and that the CO2 system should be used.

Fire spreads with astonishing speed and time is everything. In this case the chief engineer decided, at the right moment, to use the CO2 system and acted promptly.

While CO2 is a very effective smothering agent flammable material may still be above the temperature at which it will self-ignite for a long time afterwards. Letting air reach that material can set the fire off again.

CO2 should left alone to do its job and left long enough, sometimes hours, to ensure that flammables are below their re-ignition temperature.

Here is how it went down:

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Vos Vedette ER Fire

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Dec 172010

Vos Vedette

Aberdeen Coastguard is co-ordinating assistance to the offshore supply vessel the 628 GT Vos Vedette after her crew reported a fire in the engine room.

She was about 60 nautical miles offshore at the time and had reported the fire to Aberdeen Coastguard on 2182 kHz. The crew of 12 reported that the vessel had been disabled and that a CO2 agent had been released into the engine space to douse the fire. The crew were conducting boundary cooling at the time. There were no reported injuries.

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Stena Ferry On Fire

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Nov 272010

Stena Pioner

Two lifeboats proceeded to the Stena Pioneer on Saturday afternoon after crew on the ferry issued a mayday call reporting a fire in the engine room while on passage to Fleetwood. A helicopter was also placed on standby.

Liverpool Coastguard received the mayday at 3.36 pm and made contact with crew on board the vessel, who reported that they still had full power and steering but that there was a fire in the engine room that they were fighting with their on board fire fighting equipment.

Liverpool Coastguard sent lifeboats from Fleetwood and Barrow to the scene. The fire was reported as out at 4.30 pm and the ferry is now docked at Fleetwood.

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Chemical Tanker Taken Off Somalia

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Nov 112010
MV Hannibal II

MV Hannibal II

Early this morning, the MV Hannibal II, a Panamanian-flagged vessel, was pirated whilst on route from Malaysia to Suez.

The 24,105 tonne chemical tanker was carrying vegetable oils from Pasir Gudang to Suez at the time.  The master of the vessel reported that he had been attacked and boarded by pirates in an area some 860 nautical miles East of The Horn of Africa which is considerably closer to India than it is to Somalia.

The MV Hannibal II has a total of 31 crew on board.  This number consists of 23 Tunisians, 4 Filipinos, 1 Croatian, 1 Georgian, 1 Russian and 1 Moroccan.

EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Program (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). EU NAVFOR also protects vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, deters and disrupts piracy. EU NAVFOR finally monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

Panama To Lead Carnival Splendour Investigation

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Nov 112010

A way to while away the time on Carnival Splendour

Panama is to conduct the investigation of the fire that occurred in an engine room of the Carnival Splendor on November 8 while cruising in the Pacific Ocean about 150 nautical miles south of San Diego. The ship was carrying 3,299 passengers and 1,167 crewmembers.

It is understood that Aux engine #5 exploded which was positioned underneath Main High Voltage Switchboard.

Since the majority of passengers aboard the Carnival Splendor were citizens of the United States, the US Coast Guard requested to join the investigation, and Panama consented.

The Coast Guard requested that the National Transportation Safety Board provide them with technical assistance. The NTSB and Coast Guard frequently work together on marine accident investigations, and the NTSB responded by providing two experts to assist the Coast Guard in their involvement in Panama’s investigation.

All information on the progress of the investigation will be released by the Panama Maritime Authority.

Engine Room Fire On ERRV

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Nov 092010

Ocean Sun

At 03:49 Tuesday, Humber Coastguard was alerted to a fire in the engine room of the gas platform standby vessel Ocean Sun. The vessel is 70 nautical miles ENE of Flamborough Head with gale force 8, easterly winds on scene.

The vessel confirmed that the fire had been extinguished at 03:52hrs and had regained power to one engine. However, because of the vital role the standby vessel plays to the gas rig, arrangements are underway to have the vessel replaced by another standby vessel. It is currently thought that it will take at least 18 hours for a relief vessel to arrive.

The 58 metre Ocean Sun is standing by the jack-up rig Ensco 72. The vessel has 12 persons on board. Humber Coastguard is broadcasting Pan Alerts to inform vessels approaching the area of the situation and is putting contingency plans in place to keep the crew and vessel safe until the relief boat arrives. Continue reading »

Two Shetland ER Fires In Two Days

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Sep 192010

Two fishing boat in the Shetlands suffered engine room fires in two days. In both cases, says the Coast Guard, skippers ‘did the right thing.

In one case a Shetland fishing vessel, Fairway LK 270, with 3 crew on board, tackled an engine room fire 40 miles North East of Lerwick.

Shetland Coastguard was alerted just before 10pm by a Mayday broadcast from the steel hulled 23m vessel, which reported a fire in the engine room. Whilst the crew tackled the engine room blaze, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 102 from Sumburgh and Lerwick RNLI Lifeboat headed to the fishing vessels position.

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Dexterous Chaffing Lead To Fire

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Jul 012010

image Progressive chafing of one of the port main engine’s fuel injector leak-off pipes on SD Dexterous caused the pipe to fail. Diesel fuel then discharged onto the hot engine, where it ignited, says the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch preliminary report. As a result, vessel owner Serco Marine Services has increased its senior engineering staff at Board level as well as in the Clyde area, and has reviewed all aspects of its engineering practices. The company has also updated its crisis management organisation and is developing an emergency drill schedule for all vessel manning combinations.

SD Dexterous was in company with another Serco tug involved in warship escort duties in the Gareloch. As the vessel approached Rhu Narrows, the fire alarm sounded and the chief engineer discovered a fire in the vicinity of the port main engine. The engine room was closed down as the tugmaster advised the pilot on the warship and shore authorities of the situation. Soon afterwards, the vessel went to anchor, the engines were shut down and CO2 was released into the engine room. The crew were safely evacuated and boundary cooling was established by other Serco vessels. Some hours later, the fire was confirmed to be extinguished and SD Dexterous was towed to a nearby berth.

The Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to Serco Marine Services advising of the need for quality engineering oversight. He has also highlighted the risks associated with frequent movement of crew between vessels, notably the impact this can have on individuals’ specific vessel knowledge.

MAIB Preliminary Report