Skip to content

Pressure vessel systems – response to fatal accident

The Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) has published information about a fatal accident involving pressure vessel systems. A fatality occurred when the observation glass of a main compressed air receiver drainage pot failed catastrophically while a ship’s engineer was draining accumulated water (condensate) from the ship’s main air reservoir.

Further information can be found at apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/Attachment/ShowAttachment/589

Members may wish to refer to the following similar incidents (key words: pressure, fatality)


IMCA Safety Flashes summarise key safety matters and incidents, allowing lessons to be more easily learnt for the benefit of all. The effectiveness of the IMCA Safety Flash system depends on Members sharing information and so avoiding repeat incidents. Please consider adding [email protected] to your internal distribution list for safety alerts or manually submitting information on incidents you consider may be relevant. All information is anonymised or sanitised, as appropriate.

IMCA’s store terms and conditions (https://www.imca-int.com/legal-notices/terms/) apply to all downloads from IMCA’s website, including this document.

IMCA makes every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained in the documents it publishes, but IMCA shall not be liable for any guidance and/or recommendation and/or statement herein contained. The information contained in this document does not fulfil or replace any individual’s or Member's legal, regulatory or other duties or obligations in respect of their operations. Individuals and Members remain solely responsible for the safe, lawful and proper conduct of their operations.