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Jo Tanker implements more rigorous safety demands

The Norwegian chemical transporter Jo Tankers have this week decided to implement stronger routines in the
discharging of dangerous chemicals. In the future they will reject discharging caustic soda if the harbour
workers do not wear proper personal protection equipment.
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The Norwegian chemical transporter Jo Tankers have this week decided to implement stronger routines in the
discharging of dangerous chemicals. In the future they will reject discharging caustic soda if the harbour
workers do not wear proper personal protection equipment.

(First published in Norwegian 17 Sept 2007)

By Erik Hagen
Norwatch

Before the week-end, Norwatch wrote that the environmental authorities in the Dominican Republic has criticised the Norwegian chemical shipping company Jo Tankers and the local importers for having violated the environmental and work legislation. The criticism came after caustic soda had leaked onto the ground and into the water during when a cargo was discharged in July this year. The Dominican Ministry of Environment said to the Norwatch that the workers’ safety was put in danger.

Now, the Norwegian company is implementing more rigorous routines, and will put stricter demands to the importers on land.

“The crew onboard our ships will check as far as possible that the workers ashore actually do wear proper personal protection equipment. In the future we will not start discharging the cargo until the proper use of this equipment is in place”, said technical director in Jo Tankers, Mr. Kjell Ove Breivik, to Norwatch.

Breivik said that the company does not have direct control for how the cargo receiver perform their cargo handling ashore, since the responsibility for the cargo is transferred to the cargo receiver once it leaves the ships.

“We still want to contribute as much as we can in improving the local safety”, said Breivik to Norwatch.

The importers will be clearly informed about the safety demands prior to the next Jo Tankers vessel calling any Dominican ports for discharging of caustic soda.

”We will in writing strongly encourage the receivers of the cargo to supply their workers with proper personal
protection equipment”, Breivik said.

Read also:
14.09.2007: Warning to Norwegian ship owner after chemical spill.

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