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On 24 November 2009, the chief mate on board the Hong Kong registered chemical tanker Bow De Jin died after entering a cargo tank which contained hydrocarbon vapours and was deficient in oxygen.

The ATSB investigation was unable to determine why the chief mate, who had sailed on tankers for most of his seagoing career, did not follow industry standard and specific company safety procedures before he entered the cargo tank.

The investigation found that while enclosed space entry checklists were being filled out by the crew members on board the ship, the checklist system was not being used as a proactive means to ensure that the necessary safety requirements were being met prior to tank entries.

As a result of this incident and the ATSB investigation, Bow De Jin's managers have taken action to improve the ship's enclosed space entry checklist system.

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Safety issue

MO-2009-010-SI-01 -  

Tank entry checklist system

While enclosed space entry checklists were being filled out by the crew members on board Bow De Jin, the checklist system was not being used as a proactive means to ensure that the necessary safety requirements were being met prior to tank entries.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2009-010-SI-01
Who it affects:All ship owners, operators, managers, masters and crews
Status:Adequately addressed

 
General details
Date: 24 November 2009 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0830 (UTC +10) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):32 nautical miles ENE of Yamba, northern NSW coast  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 10 November 2010 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Vessel details
Vessel: Bow De Jin 
Flag: Hong Kong 
IMO: 9200598 
Type of Operation: Chemical tanker 
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Departure point:Port Botany, NSW
Departure time:0715 (UTC +11) 23 Nov '09
Destination:Gladstone, QLD
 
 
 
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