Encounters At Sea
Certificate of Merit
DEATHS IN BALLAST TANKc
Mumbai, Monday, February 10th, 2003
It happened on one of the ships where I worked as 4TH engineer.
3 deck crewmembers died in a ballast tank when they went down for cleaning the tank. The tank was being used for ballasting for a long time. When instruction came from the company to load more cargo the Chief Officer instructed the bosun to start the cleaning of the tank.
However no enclosed space entry procedure was followed. One after the other the 3 crewmembers went down, collapsed, and died. The rescue operation mounted was of no avail.
Observation: Complete failure to observe enclosed space entry rules