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Casualty Information

Information from DNV to the maritime industry No. 2 April 2009

Corrosion in double bottom in engine room – serious leakage
Ship type: Bulk carrier Size (GT): Any Year built: 2005
The hole was temporarily tightened using 10 mm thick round steel plate of 200 mm diameter with rubber gasket, and properly secured. Extent of damage An area of approximately 0.50 m2 was found severely corroded and was to be repaired by an insert plate. >> Course of events Water ingress to the engine room was discovered during a voyage. The leakage was found to come through the short sounding pipe of the bilge water holding tank in the double bottom. After the visual inspection of the tank, the sea water ingress was found to come through an approximately 45 mm diameter area of serious pitting/hole in bottom plate. See Fig.1.

Fig. 1. Location of corroded area bilge water tank and hole in the bottom plate.

This publication may be reproduced freely on condition that Det Norske Veritas AS (DNV) is always stated as the source. 1322 Høvik. Norway. Det Norske Veritas AS hopes to contribute to the prevention of similar occurrences in the future. Classification Support. Such tanks should be included in the maintenance programme on board. or in other spaces adequately protected against attack from the chemicals. 2: Transverse section of lower part of engine room. Norway Tel: +47 67 57 99 00 Fax: +47 67 57 99 11 The purpose of Casualty Information is to provide the maritime industry with ‘lessons to be learned’ from incidents of ship damage and more serious accidents.Casualty Information No. and had not been possible to drain properly during normal operation. I Waste chemicals should in general be stored in separate containers of plastic or glass. department for Classification Support. without obligation. Det Norske Veritas NO-1322 Høvik. Maritime Services.com/maritime 7. A general reference is made to the Casualty Information published on the Internet: http://exchange. Maritime Services.dnv. www.asp We welcome your thoughts! Casualty Information is published by DNV Maritime. It was also found that the sounding pipe cover had been removed from the pipe for easy sounding! Lessons to be learned I Be careful in use of corrosive chemicals in general. Put the sounding pipe cover back in place after sounding! I I Note: This damage could have caused flooding of the engine room and hampered the safety of the ship if not discovered in time. 2.500/ 4-2009 Design: Coor Graphic Communications 0904-053 Printing: 07 Oslo AS . The information included is not necessarily restricted to cover ships classed with DNV and is presented. Fig. e-mail: experience.com © Det Norske Veritas AS. DNV accepts no responsibility for any errors or misinterpretations. Fax: +47 67 57 99 11. hydrochloric acid had been used for de-scaling of the fresh water generator and then later drained into the bilge water holding tank.dnv. Regular draining and inspection of tanks containing bilge water should be provided. see Fig. 2 April 2009 Probable cause The probable cause of the corrosion was that waste chemicals had accumulated at the bottom of the bilge water tank.feedback@dnv.com/ServiceExperience/CasualtyInformation/CasualtyInfoTable. for information purposes only. During investigation by the crew it was found that the very corrosive chemical. Queries may be directed to Det Norske Veritas. In this way.

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