Are IMO regulations tough enough to keep national governments from imposing stricter measures?

Only partly
No--expect a slew of regional regs!

Marine Log

July 17, 2007

Fatal explosion at Hyundai-Vinashin Shipyard

One person died and four were seriously burned including a South Korean man in gas explosions Tuesday at the Hyundai-Vinashin Shipyard reports VietnamÕs Thanh Nien

The newspaper reports that at 2.40pm a worker accidentally opened a gas pipe valve in the hold of a ship that was being built, setting off the explosion in which he and two other Vietnamese workers were injured.

"After they were hospitalized, South Korean national Seo Son Ha, 51, head of the shipyardÕs staff health section, and his colleague Duong Ngoc Toan, 43, went down the hold to check." says the report.

Gas exploded again, killing Toan and seriously injuring Seo.