The Japanese Transport Safety board completed
their investigations into the an explosion on
the Japanese registered container vessel Manhattan Bridge with loss of
1 life, and 1 serious injury.
This report was published
today in this country by the Marine
Accident Investigations Board.
While the container vessel MANHATTAN BRIDGE was docking
with a master, 25 crew members and a pilot onboard at the port of Felixstowe
at around 23:04 on January 19, 2017 (local time), an explosion occurred
in the furnace of the auxiliary boiler. The duty oiler died, the second
engineer suffered injuries and the burner unit of the auxiliary boiler
It is thought that explosion occurred in the furnace because, under existence
of carbon monoxide gases heated by incomplete combustion and flames in
the furnace, the Engineer operated the FD fan causing the flammable gas
to be mixed with air. The explosion occurred by a rapid chemical reaction
changing heated carbon monoxide gas.
A contributary factor was thought to be a strainer which was clogged when
investigated had a slimy wax-like material stuck to it which may
have caused the MGO pressure drop just above the fuel oil low pressure
alarm set point causing the reduced flow to the rotary cup burner. This
led to incomplete combustion until a secondary air supply and consequent