Another 6351 Tank Explodes

This time close to home

Most dive centers in New England will no longer fill these tanks. Check your tank and if it is suspect, drain it now.  For safety reasons, we are committed to getting these tanks off the market. Thousands of tanks nationwide have already been taken out of service. It is time to get the rest out now. Diving is an extremely safe sport and we want to keep it that way. Feel free to bring your tank in and we will destroy it safely for you so no one will get hurt.

Problem 6351 Aluminum Tanks
Luxfer Manufacturer with an original hydro date of 1988 and prior
Walter Kiddie (WK) Manufacturer - all

Note: All Catalina tanks are good. They used aluminum 6061 not 6351.

Tank

Incident Information Dive Center: Pisces Diving – Tiverton, RI June 13, 2007  

Tank

Fill Station

Reinforced Stainless Steel Tank

Tanks were placed in thick PVC Piping
to hold them in place

Force was send upward

Due to this, the Fill Station operator

standing 3 feet away was not hurt.

 

Tank

 

About the tank Year 1982 Last Hydro/VIP June 2006 Tank was very clean inside Exploded at approximately 1500-2000 psi

 

DATE LOCATION LISTED CAUSE INJURY? MANUFACTURER
Oct-88 Southport, Australia SLC* No Luxfer
Jun-94 Miami, Florida SLC* Yes Luxfer
Jan-98 Corlette, Australia SLC* No CIG Gas Cylinders*
Feb-98 Riviera Beach, Florida SLC* Yes Walter Kidde
Aug-98 Tairua, New Zealand SLC* Yes Luxfer
Dec-98 Tampa, Flordia Not determined No Luxfer
Apr-99 British Colombia SLC* No Luxfer
Mar-00 Key Largo, Florida Not determined Yes Walter Kidde
Jun-00 Miyako Island, Japan SLC* No CIG Gas Cylinders
Jul-04 Luraville, Florida SLC Yes Luxfer
Jul-04 Oahu, Hawaii Not determined Yes Walter Kidde
Sep-04 Videlia, California Not determined No Walter Kidde
Jan-05 Perth, Australia SLC* No CIG Gas Cylinders
Jun-07 Tiverton, RI SLC* No Luxfer

* SUSTAINED-LOAD CRACKING (SLC)