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Fire on Stolt Tankers vessel ignited due to incorrect storage of cargo

The fire on board Stolt Tankers vessel Stolt Groenland was ignited due to incorrect storage of cargo. On September 28, 2019, the chemical compound stored on the tanker ruptured due to heat and exploded in Ulsan, South Korea, according to the accident report.

Stolt Nielsen tanker vessel, albeit not the burnt out Stolt Groenland | Photo: PR / Stolt Tankers

Incorrect storage of the chemical compound styrene monomer on board Norwegian-owned tanker Stolt Groenland triggered an explosive fire on September 28, 2019, while the vessel was docked in the South Korean Port of Ulsan.

This is the conclusion of the British accident report after investigations of the fire, which took 700 fire fighters and 117 fire trucks six hours to put out. Ten people were injured in the fire.

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