Rotterdam, July 20, 2021 – Stolt Tankers notes the investigation report issued today by the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) concerning the explosion and fire on Stolt Groenland in September 2019. We thank MAIB for their diligence in coordinating with Stolt Tankers and several industry bodies to produce this report.
Stolt Tankers would like to emphasise that safety for people and the environment remains our number one priority. We continuously review our processes and procedures so we can maintain and deliver the highest industry standards to our customers.
Stolt Tankers has used the learnings from this regrettable accident to improve its procedures for handling inhibited cargoes. During 2020, we made several improvements in our stowage planning processes afloat and ashore, and in our practices relating to inhibitors, managing cargo alarms and reporting of cargo temperatures to shore staff. Our seafarers also receive additional training to increase their understanding and awareness of the importance of these changes. The MAIB report acknowledges that these actions have already been taken.
We are working with industry organisations to improve the inhibitor management process and we continue to improve and develop our cargo stowage software to better predict the movement of heat between tanks and around a ship.
Stolt Groenland remains afloat in Tongyeong, South Korea, with all styrene residues removed from the ship. Planning for repairs continues as we await approval from local authorities to tow the ship to China.
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Head of Corporate Communications
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