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
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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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.
|Who it affects:||All ship owners, operators, managers, masters and crews|
|Date:||24 November 2009||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||0830 (UTC +10)||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||32 nautical miles ENE of Yamba, northern NSW coast|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Release date:||10 November 2010|
|Report status:||Final||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Vessel||Bow De Jin|
|Type of operation||Chemical tanker|
|Damage to vessel||Nil|
|Departure point||Port Botany, NSW|
|Departure time||0715 (UTC +11) 23 Nov '09|