Deadly Boiler Explosion on Product Tanker TORC

by | Jan 10, 2024 | Maritime Law, Wrongful Death

There was a deadly explosion on the product tanker TORC on January 8, 2024.  At the time, the vessel was in the Mediterranean Sea headed to Italy.  According to reports an explosion occurred in the boiler in the vessel’s engine room, killing the second engineer.  The engineer survived the initial explosion and the ship was coordinating medical evacuation when he was pronounced deceased.  The incident remains under investigation.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  A fishing boat capsized off the coast of South Carolina on December 19, 2023.  A sailboat capsized near Texas City, Texas on December 29, 2023, killing one person on board.  There was a deadly fire on the container ship STRIDE in the Port of Houston on the morning of January 8, 2024.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations are not taken seriously.  Safe offshore vessel owners and operators must ensure that their ships do not put the lives of hard working men and women at risk.  Safe companies must be proactive and take preventative measures, including regular maintenance and repairs, to also ensure that the environment is not impacted.

Even when a company has practices and procedures in place to prevent incidents like this, mishaps such as the one described above are cannot be completely eliminated.  All too often, human error and negligence are the reasons for these vessel collisions.  Whether it is due to poor judgment, a normalization of deviance from the proper procedures or a lack of proper rest and recovery, humans err and sometimes these errors result in the property damage, injury or death.  Operating modern sea vessels is not an inherently unsafe act as long as those responsible do so in such a manner that is not negligent. When the operation of sea vessels is conducted in a negligent manner, it does not take long for the situation to become dangerous.

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