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PRESENTATION TO MR. W. L AH…

THE NEWPORT EXPLOSION.

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THE NEWPORT EXPLOSION. REPORT OF THE INSPECTORS. The report has been issued by Mr. Mansel Jones and CoL Majendie, her Majesty's Inspec- tor of Explosives,who beld an investigation into the nature and causes of the accident to the steamship Tancarville, of London, in the dry dock at Newport, Monmouthshire, on May 11 last. The Tancarville was an iron screw vessel, and was built at Stockton-on-Tees in 1889. She was built especially for carrying petroleum oil in bulk, and had been employed in earning crude petroleum from Philadelphia to Havre. On Apiril 20 the vessel arrived at Newport, and repairs were begun on the ship. In consequence of the leakage of the oil in the tanks a great deal of riveting had to be undertaken. For this pur- pose portable forges were placed ba the upper deck, and in one compartment of a tank a port- able lamp was used. During the progress of the work an explosion occurred, by which five work- men were killed and others seriously injured. After examining in detail the full cause of the ■explosion and possible scources of ignition, the inspectors for the Board of Trade conclude their report by stating that the accident was due to the ignition and explosion of a quantity of pet- roleum valour in admixture with atmospheric air accumulated in and about the ballast tank, but it was impossible to state to what cause the ignition was due. The reporters also add that in many respects the constructive details of the vessel were defective, that the ballast tank was not a suitable place for the conveyance of oil, and that no steps had been taken io cleanse ana ventilate the water-ballast tank adjoining spaces. In their opinion an amendment of the law was urgently called for to enable proper regulations, general and local to be made for the conveyance of pet •learn, whether minarAl ail or mineral sawrit, and whether in banel or bulk- Power should be reserved to a central authority, (as the Board of Trade) to make general angula- tions dealing with what may be distinguished m coiamon risks and general precantaons. The Methods of cleansing and ventilating petroleuxa vessels should also be carefully investigated.

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