(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Coal may self-heat or emit significant amounts of methane, and occasionally, it may do both. Incorrect ventilation can lead to cargo fire or cargo explosion. Therefore, when carrying coal cargoes, it is vital to obtain accurate gas measurements to determine the correct ventilation requirements. Whilst this may appear straightforward, the Club’s experience is that these measurements are often not taken correctly.
The video “Gas Measurement of Coal Cargoes” shows the correct measurement procedure to be followed, including using a splitter when appropriate.
Source: West P&I