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Japanese oil tanker explodes in Hiroshima, captain still missing
Japan Daily Press ^ | May 29, 2014 | Ida Torres

Posted on 05/29/2014 7:32:51 AM PDT by thackney

A Japanese oil tanker located in the Himeji Port in western Hiroshima exploded on Thursday morning, causing the ship to catch fire. Seven of the ship’s eight crew members were rescued, with four suffering from severe burns, but the captain is still unaccounted for as of this writing.

The 998-tonne Shoko Maru had just finished unloading its crude oil cargo and was near the Hyogo Prefecture coast when the explosion occurred at around 9:30 AM. Fortunately, the tanker was almost empty, or else the damage would have been worse. According to Akihiro Komura, an official from Syoho Shipping who owns the ship, one of the crew members was removing paint by using a grinder which might have triggered the blast. He also confirmed that all eight on board were Japanese nationals and that the 7 were confirmed alive. All of them were brought to the hospital, with four being treated for serious injuries. They still have no word on the whereabouts of the 64-year-old captain, but will continue search and rescue operations.

When news broke about the explosion, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in parliament and interrupted an ongoing debate to break the news. Footage showed ships and aircraft fighting the fire that engulfed the ship with water cannons. Authorities assured the public that there was no danger to the other ships in the area since the tanker was stationed just outside the port area.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; oil; tanker


1 posted on 05/29/2014 7:32:51 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

I didn’t know they made 998 ton crude carriers.


2 posted on 05/29/2014 7:34:39 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: thackney

Small tanker, probably with empty tanks and the fumes ignited.


3 posted on 05/29/2014 7:34:48 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: thackney

Why there hasn’t been an explosion in Hiroshima like that since 1945.

Too soon?


4 posted on 05/29/2014 7:35:54 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I was ready for it. *smirk*


5 posted on 05/29/2014 7:39:15 AM PDT by blu
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To: dfwgator

Lol

Maybe


6 posted on 05/29/2014 7:39:51 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: thackney

That’s some hole in that boat...


7 posted on 05/29/2014 7:39:56 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Steely Tom

Built in 1994

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/details/ships/9088017/vessel:SHOKO_MARU


8 posted on 05/29/2014 7:42:33 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Yo-Yo

An empty oil tank is much more dangerous than a full one. When you weld, cut, or grind on an empty vessel which had flamables inside, you first fill it with water to displace the potential fumes. If you can’t fill it with water, you fill it with an inert gas which prevents oxygen fom being available. Any fire needs three things. Heat, fuel source, and oxygen. Remove any one of those three and there is no fire risk.


9 posted on 05/29/2014 7:44:08 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: thackney

Thanks!


10 posted on 05/29/2014 7:44:41 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: thackney

Even the terrorists Oil is dangerous. Don’t they purge the tanks and fill with nitrogen?


11 posted on 05/29/2014 7:45:44 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Steely Tom

It is tiny, as tanker ships go.

This may have been used for Lightering, unloading larger ship that cannot come into the port due to size.


12 posted on 05/29/2014 7:47:04 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Yo-Yo

Yes. Forgot to flood the tanks with Nitrogen to reduce explosion risk


13 posted on 05/29/2014 7:48:26 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: mountainlion

I do not believe they do. The insides of the tanks are always considered a hazardous area. There would normally be no sparking equipment inside.

When maintenance has to be done, they need to be purged.

I know in Valdez, Alaska, the fumes coming off the ship being filled are directly captured and used for power generation. However in recent years, the slow rate of tankers required adding additional generation on diesel.


14 posted on 05/29/2014 7:49:43 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: dfwgator
Explosion in Hiroshima ?


15 posted on 05/29/2014 7:56:21 AM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: blackdog
This explains why natural gas line leaks are EXTREMELY dangerous--there is enough oxygen in the air that one spark could causse a huge explosion, as the recent destruction of a building in New York City so clearly showed.
16 posted on 05/29/2014 7:59:08 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: thackney

If it had been full, it wouldn’t have exploded. Empty ship is a fuel air explosive device.


17 posted on 05/29/2014 8:10:34 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: thackney

WHAT HAPPEN?


18 posted on 05/29/2014 8:15:51 AM PDT by RichInOC (HA HA HA HA....)
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To: RichInOC

19 posted on 05/29/2014 8:25:45 AM PDT by csvset
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To: RichInOC

TANKER EXPLODED.


20 posted on 05/29/2014 8:29:43 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

That’ll buff right out. NOT.


21 posted on 05/29/2014 8:29:50 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: thackney

The Japanese are known to smoke too much. Maybe someone lit up at the wrong time.
The most dangerous time is when the tanks are empty. The fuel air mixture is just right for an explosion.


22 posted on 05/29/2014 8:31:06 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Yo-Yo

My exact first thought. I’m an electrician in oil and gas industry, and I empty tanks are extremely dangerous. Then some guy is using a grinder? I mean geez, how dumb can one be?


23 posted on 05/29/2014 8:31:10 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: dfwgator
Too soon?

after 69 years? i think not... :)

24 posted on 05/29/2014 8:44:06 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: thackney

Sucks to be on the Shoko Maru.
Prayers for all on board.


25 posted on 05/29/2014 8:50:14 AM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: thackney

Damn I didn’t know Godzilla was in town LOL!

I thought he still in Hollywood working on sequel to his blockbuster movie


26 posted on 05/29/2014 9:08:12 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: RayChuang88

This is why when you smell gas in any building DO NOT!!!! touch the light switch to turn on. The mechanical switch will arc-spark every time. You can’t see it but occasionally hear it, if it is very quiet. If the gas concentration is there, flipping the switch will set it off. Don’t touch anything except the doorknob as you leave immediately and even then be aware of static electricity when you grasp the doorknob.
Take your shoes off first if they have rubber soles.
That may sound silly but how many times in your life have you been shocked and sometimes saw the spark when you touched a dooknob.


27 posted on 05/29/2014 9:24:25 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: glyptol

I would not stop to take off my shoes. I would not recommend anyone else stop when they smell gas either.

If you have built up a static charge at the point, you won’t get rid of the charge that way. I often would shock my daughters wearing only my socks and dragging them on the carpet.


28 posted on 05/29/2014 9:30:18 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Steely Tom

“Fortunately, the tanker was almost empty, or else the damage would have been worse.”

Someone does not understand the fuel/air/source triangle and LEL,UEL


29 posted on 05/29/2014 9:39:48 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: thackney

Your comment to me is correct. Even socks can isolate and cause a static build up resulting in a spark. I should have been more detailed. Thanks for your comment.


30 posted on 05/29/2014 10:08:40 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: mad_as_he$$
Someone does not understand the fuel/air/source triangle and LEL,UEL

When I worked at GE in Schenectady (more than thirty years ago) I learned some interesting things.

One interesting thing I learned was that the big electric generators that are used in utility plants (they are called "alternators") are insulated with hydrogen gas. This is because hydrogen has some very nice characteristics:

As a consequence of using so much pure hydrogen in the huge alternator casings (some of them are almost a hundred feet long and more than 20 feet diameter), we were taught that unless there is more than a certain amount of oxygen present, hydrogen is inflammable. IIRC, the danger line was at 7% oxygen.

In other words, as long as there was no more than 7% oxygen around, hydrogen can be thought of as an inert gas.

31 posted on 05/29/2014 10:37:52 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Sorry, I said “inflammable.” I should have said “not flammable.”


32 posted on 05/29/2014 10:39:44 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Steely Tom

Yes. I always laugh at a tv show or movie where the hero knocks off a gas line and then 10 seconds later the whole house explodes.


33 posted on 05/29/2014 11:57:52 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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