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Offline holynougat

Just reading this report from the accident in 2002 - I was onboard at the time, amazing that it was nearly 13 years ago.

http://www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/qe2-fatality.pdf
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Re: MAIB
« Reply #1 on: Feb 11, 2015, 02:25 PM »
Thank you very much for posting your message and the report from the accident in 2002.  Perhaps you can tell us more of your memories about the event and of your time onboard.  The report is incredible to read with its photos and diagrams.
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Re: MAIB
« Reply #2 on: Feb 11, 2015, 03:16 PM »
The report does bring back memories of the incident, it was shocking really - I knew the crew members in question, not terribly well - it's difficult to know everyone on a ship that large.

The first engineer had been inside the boiler shortly before the steam discharge - he was very badly affected by the incident as you might imagine.

The Medical team found it a very challenging incident, burns are horrible injuries of course.

Shortly after the incident we put on 8 Main Engines and raced to a helicopter evacuation from the US.

I think the pictures show how old and complex the system on QE2 is, the steam plant was a retro-fit during the big '87 engineering works and they concluded that it was not fitted with sufficient drain points, probably because everyone was concentrating more on the engines.

So, all in all a pretty horrific incident - although not the only crew fatality in QE2's history.

The report at this link is on the 1993 Marthas Vineyard grounding:

http://www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/queen_elizabeth_2_pub_1993.pdf

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« Reply #3 on: Feb 11, 2015, 06:26 PM »
Thanks very much for your message and more details.  It must have indeed been an horrible incident to have witnessed and especially horrible for the first engineer.  Thank you also very much for the report on the Martha's Vineyard grounding. 
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More fascinating insights into the history of QE2. Thankfully there were very few incidents over her illustrious career.

I always find it impressive to see how thorough these MAIB investigations are, but even more impressive in my mind is just how thoroughly documented the working routines on board are. I suppose on modern vessels this kind of continuous monitoring is taken care of by computer but back then a good deal of it must have been done manually.
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