Ship Breakers - Henty Supplier
At 1313 BST on 19 July 2010, the dumb barge Henty Supplier loaded with approximately 1850m³ of gas oil suffered a catastrophic failure of her hull while alongside Huskisson Dock in Liverpool. Approximately 50m³ of the gas oil spilled into the dock, but was quickly contained by terminal and port authority personnel. There were no injuries but the barge was a constructive total loss.
The barge was purchased by Henty Oil Ltd in 2004 and lay alongside in Liverpool until entering service as a floating oil storage vessel in 2006. Her suitability for this use was confirmed by annual ‘fit for purpose’ surveys conducted in accordance with the port’s regulations. The surveys did not identify the lack of basic stability and bending moment information, or require the barge to be inspected in dry dock.
It is probable that the structural failure of the hull resulted from long-term fatigue compounded by the distribution of the cargo, which would have induced a near maximum bending moment with the barge in a sagged condition. There were no written procedures for the loading or discharge of the barge’s cargo
The vessel was recycled in our facility.
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