MSS Case October: Indonesian coal self-ignited during discharge
A bulk carrier had loaded Indonesian coal to be discharged at another Asian port. After loading, all the hatch covers and openings were closed and sealed. During the voyage, the cargo holds were monitored by taking gas readings and temperatures. All values were within the parameters stated in the IMSBC Code.
The vessel arrived at the anchorage for the discharge port. After a short wait, discharging began, using the vessel’s grab to transfer the cargo into barges. Initially, all went smoothly. However, after a few days of discharging, smoke was seen coming out of cargo hold 3.
A fire team was assembled and as they approached the cargo hold, they could feel heat on the deck. The coal that remained in the cargo hold was piled by the bulkheads and was 6 metres high.
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