Cargo tank explosion and fire on board a chemical tanker in Ulsan, Republic of Korea.
Today the MAIB have published our investigation report on the rupture of a cargo tank containing styrene monomer on board the Cayman Islands registered chemical tanker Stolt Groenland on 28 September 2019. The large quantity of vapour released as a result of the catastrophic rupture subsequently ignited, resulting in a fireball. Two crew were injured and fire fighting efforts lasted over 6 hours, with 15 emergency responders also sustaining injuries during the emergency response.
The investigation was carried out on behalf of the Cayman Islands and is the first investigation report we have published as part of our Memorandum of Understanding with the Red Ensign Group Catergory 1 registries of Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man.