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SHIP NAME: Front Lord KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
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Front Lord was proceeding en route from Mina Al Ahmadi to Ulsan when she suffered main engine crankcase explosion at 2035 LT on 22 Nov 2001. The position was 06.01N and 090.07E about 300 m S on the Andaman Is. As a result of the explosion, a small fire erupted in the ER which was quickly extinguished by the ship's engineers. Two engineers suffered serious burns. The crankcase explosion was due to a damaged crankpin and crankpin bearing of main unit No 4. This damaged crankpin was the source of the hot spot that ignited the flammable mixture in the crankcase.

The damaged [sic] to the crankpin of the main engine crankpin during the manufacture of the engine. In this incident, the oil mist detector did not detect any abnormal level of oil mist in the main engine's unit No 4 and thus the high oil mist content alarm was not activated.

The shields that were fitted to the crank case relief valves did not offer sufficent protection to the personnel working near the relief valves as required by Solas (S74-2/Cll-1/R27.4).


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The description is a little garbled and it seems unlikely that a manufacturing defect would not show up for ten years. Nonetheless this is a rare effort to get to the real cause of a casualty.

CE fell and broke ribs during the repair.