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Martek Marine: “shipping companies face potential manslaughter charges”

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martek logo bigMartek Marine is advising shipping companies that they are putting themselves at risk of facing corporate manslaughter charges if they do not carry an adequate number of maintained and certified gas detectors. European Marine Equipment Directive (MED) approval is a legal requirement for equipment aboard EU flagged vessels and a number of non-EU flag authorities who have also signed up to the protocol where oxygen or other flammable gas is potentially present.  

Martek Marine, Sales Director, Steve Coulson said:   “The Marine Equipment Directive relates to all European flag vessels. It’s been found that many of these vessels are carrying portable detectors without MED wheelmarking. If an accident occurs related to a gas hazard and the detectors are found to be not certified to MED standards then corporate manslaughter charges could follow.”  

Last year, IMO adopted Resolution A.1050(27), which gives detailed recommendations for entering enclosed spaces aboard ships:

“Appropriate testing of the atmosphere of a space should be carried out with properly calibrated equipment by persons trained in the use of the equipment…Testing of the space should be carried out before any person enters the space and at regular intervals thereafter until all work is completed…”   The issue of poor gas monitoring was highlighted in November in a very serious incident in which five seafarers lost their lives after asphyxiation by poisonous gases on the LPG tanker MV Maharshi Krishnatreya.   Martek Marine is a market leading supplier of a range of MED approved portable and fixed gas detection systems.   See www.martek-marine.com/ProductsSystems/PortableGasDetectors.aspx

ENDS For further details please contact Ben Stack, Navigate PR.  T: +44 (0)20 7369 1650 E: bstack@navigatepr.com      Notes to editors  Founded in 2000, Martek Marine provides equipment and services designed to enable the shipping and offshore sector to meet the latest environmental and safety regulatory standards. The company provides world beating systems for BNWAS, engine emissions monitoring, gas detection, water level detection, and cargo tank monitoring. The company also supplies a specialist marine defibrillator. Martek provides an extensive system servicing and system spares service for customers.   Martek Marine is headquartered in the UK (Rotherham) and has regional offices in the USA and Singapore as well as 44 office strong global network of sales and services offices.

Marine Tankscape specifications   Measuring Ranges LEL          0 – 100%  O2          0 – 25%  H2S        0 – 100 ppm  CO          0 – 1000 ppm   Certification ATEX, CSA, IEC Ex, MED,  CE   Environment Temperature Limits:  – 20 Deg.C to + 50 Deg.C   Humidity: 0 – 95% RH non-condensing   Alarms Highly visible flashing LED  Ultra loud audible alarm, 95 dBA   Sampling System Diffusion operation  Optional internal sampling pump   Physical Properties Dimensions: 121 x 59 x 32 mm  Weight (with pump):  230g  Weight (without pump):  215g   Power Supply Lithium Ion rechargeable battery  Run Time > 14 hrs (>8 hrs pumped)  Charging Time < 4 hrs

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