During garbage transfer to engine room for incineration, it was identified that two bottles of aerosol spray were found in the garbage bags.
Lessons Learned: Training to be organized onboard during next month on the “Requirement for garbage separation and storage and disposal” as per garbage management plan, including the following topics.
- Categories of garbage that can be disposed at sea (to avoid confusion no crew member is authorized to discharge anything into the sea without chief officer’s permission).
- Categories of garbage that can be incinerated and garbage that MUST NEVER be incinerated.
- Assignment of duties: Responsible person for garbage generated on deck, at interior accommodation spaces and in engine room.
- Designated person(s) in charge of incineration records disposals in the Garbage log book.
- Ash from incineration of plastics is disposed ashore.
- Used cooking oil is collected in drums and incinerated.
- Oily rags should be incinerated the soonest possible as they are source of ignition.
- Batteries, expired medicines should be disposed separately to shore facilities.
The lessons learned from the report and the actions taken are valid, the safety checks incorporated in the procedures for handling garbage appear to have been effective.