me IMO Number Flag Ship Type GRT
TUTUMA 7716115 Nigeria TANKER 4478
Time of incident (local onboard)
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.