Safety in Oil Tankers
Intended principally for ratings, this booklet explains the main hazards associated with the carriage of bulk liquids and provides guidance to follow in the event of an accident.
In this booklet petroleum means crude oil or products made from it.
Petroleum can be handled safety.
Care is absolutely necessary - throughout the whole operation.
To be able to exercise care you need to know something about petroleum.
The characteristics of any substance which determine how it will behave under various conditions are known as the properties of petroleum.
You ought to know these.
Danger can always be present in a tanker.
Most of the risk is removed by the designer.
What risk remains can only be avoided by taking care.
This care must be taken by everyday aboard the ship.
To be able to avoid risks you must know what they are.
This booklet warns you of the risks.
It explains how they can arise.
It instructs how they can be avoided.
Terms are explained as we go along.
If you already understand the terms, please be patient-your shipmate may not.