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SHIP NAME: Tutuma KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
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me IMO Number Flag Ship Type GRT TUTUMA 7716115 Nigeria TANKER 4478 Time of incident (local onboard) Date: 20/06/2006 Time: 12:00 Place/area name: Obat Jetty, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Apapa On 18th June 2006 the tanker M/V TUTUMA was berthed when it was found there was a leakage of PMS [Premium Motor Spirits] into pumproom from a second cargo pump that had been opened up for repairs while discharging cargo. This leakage had spread into the engine room/ machinery space via the cargo pump shaft hole, producing an eventual build up of gases and fumes. On discovering this leakage 6 all machinery in the engineroom was shut down and an agreement reached with the terminal operators to use shore air pumps to evacuate the leakages from the engine room. This operation was being carried when the air pumps also failed. The air pumps were then connected to the ship's air compressors, which were to be powered by shore power. On the 20th June 2006 at about 10.00 hours LT the shore power was swithed on which was followed by switching on one of the engine fans in an attempt to evacuate the fumes. This was immediately followed by an explosion and fire, which spread rapidly from the engine room to the accommodation spaces, resulting in the death of two crew members, serious injuries to a further two, and five crew members went missing.


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Breaching the PR/ER bulkhead while discharging to repair a cargo pump was unbelievably stupid. The decision to shut down and use air driven fans driven by compressed air from compressors outside the engine room to attempt to clear out the engine room was a good one. The decision to go back to engine room fans before the space was cleared is inexplicable.