Why should we even worry about static electricity? What could be so dangerous with that, you might ask? Static electricity presents fire and explosion risks during the handling of flammable liquids. Several tanker operations could lead to static electricity accumulation, which could harm the vessel severely and lead to a disaster. The threat of static electricity must be taken seriously! This course aims to help crew members eliminate or minimize to a safe level of such risks.
However, tankers are not the only type of vessels that are exposed to this risk. On other vessel types, which handle flammable fluids in smaller quantities, certain operations may still give rise to electric charge accumulations that may be released suddenly in electrostatic discharges. If this would be sufficient energy to ignite the flammable product mixtures, this could lead to catastrophic consequences.
This course will help prospective seafarers and those already sailing to understand or refresh their knowledge of static electricity onboard.