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At about 1450 on 11 October 2011, the third mate on board the Panama registered woodchip carrier Universal Gloria suffered burns to his hands and face when the air compressor he was using to fill an oxygen breathing apparatus (OBA set) cylinder exploded.

The ATSB investigation found that the explosion occurred as a result of a fire that started within the compressor when oil ignited in the hot oxygen-rich environment.

The investigation identified three safety issues. The crew were not appropriately trained or drilled in the operation and maintenance of the ship's OBA sets; the ship's safety management system did not provide the crew with appropriate guidance in relation to the operation and maintenance of the OBA sets; and there were no engineering controls in place to prevent the inadvertent connection of an OBA cylinder to the air compressor.

 

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Safety issues

MO-2011-007-SI-01 - MO-2011-007-SI-02 - MO-2011-007-SI-03 -  

Oxygen breathing apparatus training

The ship’s crew were not appropriately trained or drilled in the operation and maintenance of the oxygen breathing apparatus.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2011-007-SI-01
Who it affects:All ship owners, operators, managers and seafarers
Status:Partially addressed


 

Oxygen breathing apparatus documentation

The ship’s safety management system documentation provided the crew with no guidance in relation to the operation and maintenance of the ship’s oxygen breathing apparatus.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2011-007-SI-02
Who it affects:All ship owners, operators, managers and seafarers
Status:Not addressed


 

Cylinder design

The threaded connections on the Kawasaki air breathing apparatus and oxygen breathing apparatus cylinders were the same and there were no other engineering controls to prevent an oxygen cylinder from being connected to the air compressor.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2011-007-SI-03
Who it affects:All seafarers
Status:Partially addressed

 
General details
Date: 11 October 2011 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1450 (UTC+11) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):at sea off Eden  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 05 April 2012 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Serious 
 
Vessel details
Vessel: Universal Gloria 
Flag: Panama 
IMO: 9286877 
Type of Operation: Bulk carrier 
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Departure point:Iwakuni, Japan
Destination:Eden, NSW
 
 
 
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Last update 27 August 2012