Report on the Investigation of the Escape of Vinyl Chloride Monomer on Board Coral Acropora

Author(s)                 Marine Accident Investigation Branch, UK
Publisher Marine Accident Investigation Branch, UK
Date 2005
Pages 59
Format pdf
Size 1.1 Mb

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   Coral Acropora was bareboat chartered by the vessel owners to a company in the Netherlands Antilles which, in 2002, time chartered her to EVC Ltd. This was the only vessel that EVC chartered. Due to a lack of marine chartering knowledge and expertise, EVC engaged the services of a logistics company named Agility to undertake the charterers' day to day functions in respect of the vessel. Agility's role included communicating the cargo requirements and scheduling to the master, arranging bunkers and appointing port agents. EVC Ltd also owned and operated the terminal at Runcorn, situated on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal. The berth was originally a canal layby berth and the necessary infrastructure, such as gas piping, controls and security were added in 1998. The berth was about 3 kilometres from the EVC chemical plant where the storage tanks were located. The cargo was pumped via pipelines to and from the plant. The vessel was usually employed loading VCM from the EVC chemical plant in Runcorn and discharging the cargo into another EVC chemical plant at Barry, Glamorgan. At the time of the accident, due to shore maintenance at the plant in Runcorn. Coral Acropora was being used to import VCM from continental ports to build up the plant's VCM stock. It was the intention for Coral Acropora to return to the Runcorn/Barry route once the stock of VCM at Runcorn had been built to sufficient levels...

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