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On 18 November 2008, while the Maltese registered bulk carrier Saldanha was anchored off Newcastle, NSW, a ship's engineer was burned when the auxiliary boiler furnace 'flashed back' during a routine boiler oil firing unit burner exchange.

The ATSB investigation into the incident found that the ship's crew were not aware of all of the hazards associated with maintaining the boiler burner; were not aware of previous flashbacks involving similar burners; and were not aware of the appropriate first aid treatment required for burn injuries.

The investigation also found that the safety bulletin that had been previously issued by the manufacturer did not inform operators that the oil firing unit could be modified.

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General details
Date: 18 November 2008 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: UTC +11  
Location:Off Newcastle Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Engine Room Fire 
Release date: 22 October 2009  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Vessel details
Vessel: Saldahna 
Flag: Malta 
IMO: 9268992 
Type of Operation: Bulk Carrier 
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Departure point:Newcastle, NSW

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