ELECTROSTATIC HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH MARINE TANKER OPERATIONS WATER WASHING AND PRODUCT HANDLING

A recent proposal from the International Maritime Organisation was that parcel tankers should be subject to the same safety and inert gas purging regulations as those pertaining to crude oil and white oil tankers of 20,000-dwt and above. This proposal has met with opposition from the chemical industries as they consider it unnecessary on a number of counts. To support their case, the BP Chemicals Group has carried out an experimental investigation of the three operations likely to produce significant levels of electrostatic charging, i.e. loading of chemical product: Water washing of cargo tanks; Steam cleaning of cargo tanks. Measurements of electric field and space potential were made periodically during each of the three operations using an electrostatic field meter. The results presented and analysed are from a total of five trials performed on four vessels in 1982/83 covering the range of vessel size 2,000 - 31,000 dwt.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of 4th International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries, Harrogate, 12-16 Sept. 1983, Vol. 2, p. C1 (14 pp., 8 ref., 3 tab., 8 graphs)
  • Authors:
    • Edwards, H R
  • Publication Date: 1983

Language

  • English

Subject/Index Terms

  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00686195
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM