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No injuries as tank collapses at INEOS chemical plant in US 27 October 2020

A tank collapsed at an INEOS chemical plant in the town of Lima, Ohio on October 25. No injuries were reported, however locals reported hearing an explosion from several miles away....

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Explosion at petrochemical plant injures one in Iran 26 October 2020

An explosion and fire injured one person at a petrochemical plant in southwest Iran on October 23. The incident happened at the Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex, one of Iran’s largest petrochemical sites....

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Seven arrested after special forces board hijacked tanker off UK coast 26 October 2020

Members of the UK’s Special Boat Service (SBS) boarded a hijacked oil tanker off the UK’s southern coast on October 25 and detained seven stowaways who had turned violent earlier in the day. The boarding of the Liberian-registered Nave Andromeda ended a 10-hour standoff between UK authorities and the stowaways, believed to be Nigerians seeking asylum in the UK....

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Official says tilting Venezuelan tanker poses no risk as new images raise concerns of environmental catastrophe 23 October 2020

A damaged and idled oil tanker in the Caribbean poses no significant risk of spilling or causing an environmental catastrophe, a Trinidad and Tobago official said on October 22. Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Franklin Khan said the Venezuelan tanker, the FSO Nabarima, was stable despite images posted by an environmental group showing the vessel listing to one side....

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Gas line explosion kills three, injures 28 in Thailand 22 October 2020

A gas line explosion killed three people and injured 28 in Thailand on October 22. The blast happened on a natural gas line owned by state owned oil and gas company PTT PCL and happened in Samut Prakan, southeast of Bangkok....

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Closing the loop – a digital approach to process safety management

Process safety management (PSM) can be defined as the prevention of unplanned and uncontrolled loss of containment that can result in harm to people and the environment, and business losses....

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Setting the foundations for digital operations in an upper tier COMAH site

Siemens Digital Industries (Siemens DI) has helped Kemira, a global chemical manufacturer, achieve record breaking productivity levels at its Bradford plant. By deploying an integrated solution, Siemens DI enabled Kemira to optimise how it makes its polyacrylamide products, which are used for the cleaning of municipal and industrial wastewater....

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Smart organisations in emergency mode

Unfortunately, this is the third time I have had to write my column under the context of COVID-19. Worldwide 188 countries have been affected by the pandemic and the impact on mental and physical health has been severe. All 35-member countries of the IECEx Management Committee and organisations, and persons holding IECEx Certification in more than 60 countries continue to struggle with the consequences of the disease....

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