Cleaning Drain Pipes in Ships can Cause Injury

by OldSailor on January 21, 2009

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danish_maritime_authority We generally think that cleaning drain pipes in ships are easy and safe. But it is not so.

Here is the proof from the Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents, Danish Maritime Authority.

Date: November 04, 2008

Ship: Soroe Maersk, container ship with 25 crew

Location: at East China Sea when the vessel was bound for Yokohama

Accident in brief: Around 1300 hours when the 29 year old 4th Engineer of the ship was cleaning dirty water drain pipe of fuel oil separators, was injured due to scalding on his face, neck, arms, hands, thighs, forelegs, ankles and feet. After first aid from the ship, same day by evening the injured Engineer was medevaced to a hospital in Okinawa by the Japan Coast Guard helicopter.

Here are some interesting photographs from the report.

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Read the full report from Danish Maritime Authority as pdf document.

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