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How to prevent self-heating of coal cargo

In its latest Stop Loss publication, London P&I Club analyzed problems associated with the transportation of coal in bulk, such as self-heating and methane release. Self-heating can lead to fires and the production of CO, whilst methane release can lead to an explosive atmosphere being generated in the hold.

Do’s and Don’ts for steel cargo loading checklist

Steel is a high-value cargo, which can be easily damaged by rough handling, water and moisture. Damage can occur for different reasons in transit or before loading. The Standard Club issued a guide focusing on correctly loading, stowing and securing steel cargoes to prevent any damage claims.

UK Club: How to conduct a safe bunkering operation

The UK P&I Club released guidance to ensure safe bunkering operations. The Club said that bunkering operations are routine and critical, high risk operations which require to be carefully planned and performed. Safe bunkering measures are divide in Pre-arrival; Prior to bunkering; During bunkering; On Completion.

Loss prevention tips for fender damage incidents

Many factors can contribute to unsafe berth, but a common focus after any berthing incident is whether the fenders were fit for purpose at the material time. Frederik Schmidt from Skuld Club, in cooperation with Solis Marine Consultants, shared valuable loss prevention material with respect to fender damage.

The legal implications of Drugs and Alcohol at sea

The Shipowners Club issued a revised edition of its ‘Drugs and Alcohol at Sea’ booklet, to encourage healthy lifestyle onboard. The guide includes signs to assist operators in identifying drug and alcohol related issues onboard, legal implications, as well as loss prevention advice. 

UK Club: LED lighting can prevent cargo hold fires

The UK P&I Club drew attention to cargo fire risks associated with the lighting system in a vessel hold. The Club was notified by New Zealand TAIC of such incident and advised that alternative LED lighting should be considered, to reduce the risk posed by lights that radiate high levels of heat.

Ensuring passengers and crew safety on board

Considering personal injury of crew, passengers and third parties on board vessels, as well as changes under English law to the compensation for these parties, the Shipowners’ Club says that an effective risk assessment not only reduces the possibility of such an incident, but may also prevent an incident from happening. 

Procedural changes for loss of anchor incidents in Singapore

A recent change in the procedure for handling loss of anchor incidents in Singapore means that MPA Singapore now involves itself directly with the local contractors in such cases. This has also led to a change in the procedure for obtaining permission for the vessel to leave Singapore waters following such an incident.

Emergency shutdown for tankers

The North P&I Club shared an insight discussing autonomous cargo systems as a means to address the oft-blamed ‘human error’ in accident reports. The Club suggests that linked ESD systems should be used for oil and chemical transfers, including ship-to-ship transfers.

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