Toxic gases in bulk carriers


Bulk carriers transport goods in large holds, which remain closed throughout the voyage. It goes without saying that toxic gases may be present in the cargoholds of the schip.

When the cranes have discharged most of the cargo, workers must descend into the holds to sweep up the remains. It is important to first check whether these holds are safe to enter.

For this you call on Atmosafe!

Dynamic risk control


Atmosafe uses a unique method to draw up all risks after performing a thorough analysis. By doing this they help combat this problem. The European Directives (98/24/EC) also indicate that a thorough risk analysis is required first.

In essence, this means:
  • Twice a year: an analysis of the atmosphere in the spaces and staircases, upon arrival of the vessel (for each shipment of bulk cargo).
  • Shutters remain closed (worst case scenario).
  • A correct inventory of toxic substances per cargo.
  • Prior to entering the hold, a measuring program will be performed.
  • A Last Minute Risk Analysis is performed to ensure 100% safety.
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Did you know…


  • Metal scrap containers can contain explosive gases because of chemical reactions?
  • Closing a cargo hold after ventilation can increase the build-up of gases?

Any questions? Do not hesitate to ask!

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