Encounters At Sea
Certificate of Merit
FIRE IN ACOMMODATION
6th Sep. 04
This happened on a product tanker that was discharging Motor spirit (MS) at a berth.
The oil company surveyor was sealing the sample bottles filled with MS by sealing wax and lighting a match. The bottle exploded, and the chief officer's day room caught fire.
Although an alarm was raised by the ship, no shore fire personnel came on board fearing for their own lives. The fire was put out wholly by the ship's staff.