|07/15/2011 - 10:10||Martin Murdoch||
Loading Gas in Lamut in Brunai one night when a tropical storm hit along with lightning,which struck the forward gas riser and hence set the vapour on fire! The emergency shut off valve failed to operate, the loading boom was subsequently disconnected, the mooring lines slipped and the ship left the berth with the riser well alight, lit up like a Christmas tree. The Mate and the Cheif Engineer went forward, the ice on the riser was melting indicating that the flame was travelling back down the riser. Armed with a sledge hammer and crow bar the emergency valve was delt a sharp numnber of blows and finally closed, with the ice on the riser about 6ft above their heads, any lower and the Gadila wouldn't have survived, nor the crew!