It’s not only bosuns who can get explosive when agitated, so can certain types of waste warns the Marine Safety Forum. Although the safety alert concerns a close-call rather than an accident it’s advice is worth taking.
Says MSF: “There was a request from the platform to backload four packets of wet bulk waste, also known as “slops”, into the OSV’s mud tanks. All associated testing of the waste and paperwork were provided and agreement was reached by the vessel and installation to proceed with the backload.
The composition of the waste was 88% seawater, 7% base oil and remainder small percentages other solid additives.