Action in case of chemical cargo spill on Ships

  1. Activate the alarm;
  2. Stop all cargo operations and close valves and hatches; and
  3. Activate ship’s emergency plan
  4. If alongside a berth, notify the terminal staff of the chemicals involved and the possible risk to personnel. Further actions include:
    • Notify local port authorities, usually through the terminal;
    • Prohibit smoking and use of naked lights throughout the ship;
    • Clear all non-essential personnel from the area;
    • Close all accommodation access doors, and stop all non-closed circuit ventilation;
    • Arrange for main engines and steering gear to be brought to stand by;
    • Erect barriers to secure contaminated areas;
    • Minimise potential for pollution; and
    • Plan for decontamination of exposed personnel.


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