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IECEx and ATEX requirements in tanker shipping
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IECEx and ATEX requirements in tanker shipping

Following IECEx and ATEX safety standards for hazardous areas are common in many industries, however the shipping industry seems to lag behind the rest and needs to catch up.

Andreas Parr Bjørnsund
April 25, 2017

The IECEx and ATEX safety standards are in place to ensure worker safety in hazardous areas. There are explosive hazardous areas in many industries such as the Oil and Gas, manufacturing and chemical industries. In these areas, normal consumer electronic devices are not allowed, since they are a serious security risk. Using IECEx and ATEX Zone 1 certified equipment eliminates the risk when working in hazardous areas. These safety measures are particularly important for mobile devices such as smartphones and cameras, since these devices are carried around the installations by the user. The Oil and Gas industry have been leading when it comes to the education of workers and the enforcement of these safety regulations. However, the shipping industry also face many of the same challenges for hazardous areas, but the adoption of safety regulation has been far less widespread.

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Oil tankers, crude carriers, LNG, LPG and other chemical tankers might be the first thing you think about, but the explosive hazardous areas are everywhere. Onboard every shipping vessel, large or small, there are explosive hazardous areas. In open air as well as ventilated tanks, both in the cargo areas, as well as for each vessels own fuel tanks. These tanks needs to be inspected every year according to marine safety and environmental standards. These inspections needs to be documented and archived, which means that today, many workers and inspectors use smartphones and cameras inside ventilated tanks every day. Many vessel crew members, mechanics and inspection companies are today performing these tasks without intrinsically safe equipment which is an unnecessary and dangerous risk. For more information about mobile devices for hazardous area, read more here.

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