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When the vessel is supplied with electric power or steam from an outside source (shore power) to operate the vessel's systems at any time during shipbreaking, special precautions must be taken.



Steam Supply
Potential Hazards:

Worker injuries can be caused by accidental:

  • Releases of steam and
  • Steam explosions.

Requirements and Example Solutions:

  • The safe working pressure of the vessel's steam system must be determined. [29 CFR 1915.93(a)(1)]
  • Appropriate pressure gauges and relief valves must be installed to maintain the proper pressure of the steam system. [29 CFR 1915.93(a)(1)]
  • Steam hoses and fittings must have a safety factor of no less than five. [29 CFR 1915.93(a)(2)]
  • Steam hoses must be safely hung, shielded against accidental contact, and protected from damage. [29 CFR 1915.93(a)(3) and (4)]
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Electric Power
Figure 1: Circuit breakers used with temporary electrical power supplied to ship
Figure 1: Circuit breakers used with temporary electrical power supplied to ship.
Potential Hazards:

Worker injuries may include electrical shock and burns from electric power supplied to the vessel.

Requirements and Example Solutions:

When electrical power comes from outside sources, the following precautions must be taken: [29 CFR 1915.93(b)(1)]

  • If in dry dock, the vessel must be adequately grounded.
  • All circuits to be energized must be equipped with adequate overcurrent protection.
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