The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency informed of two serious and potentially near fatal accidental CO2 releases on UK ships in the last two years. In both cases the CO2 leaked from the manifold into the CO2 room. UK MCA reminds operators that CO2 is highly asphyxiating.
The West of England P&I Club warns operators of the dangers of carrying nickel ore. Carrying nickel ore can be dangerous, because of the risk of liquefaction of the cargo on passage when the moisture content is higher than the cargo’s Flow Moisture Point.
According to TT Club, container fires may take place on a weekly basis, with statistics showing that there is a major container cargo fire at sea roughly every 60 days. So, tackling fires and subsequent investigations are complex activities. With increasing container ships size increases, the risk of a fire incident increases too.
The US Coast Guard is alerting mariners and the public to remain vigilant with the passage of Hurricane Florence and it strongly encourages everyone in the Coastal North Carolina region to heed the warnings and direction of local emergency response personnel.
The new European Marine Casualty Information Platform, EMCIP, went live on 3 September following 18 months of development and testing. The newly developed system offers enhanced reporting tools which have been implemented through internet technologies.
Ahead of IMO’s meeting of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers in London this week, TT Club is calling for more urgent action on issues regarding the safety of container transport. TT Club is mainly concerned about mis-declared dangerous goods.
The US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, along with the US Coast Guard Research and Development Center, launched the USCG Ready for Rescue Challenge. This is a $255,000 prize competition to come up with boater safety solutions that will help make it easier to find people in the water.
As the issues with contaminated bunker supplies in the Houston area seem to acquire a global dimension, the Standard P&I Club published loss prevention advice informing that this issue is related to over 150 claims worldwide, including a ship grounding directly attributed to the use of these contaminated bunkers.
Following the investigation report of the 2012 built supramax bulk carrier M/V CHESHIRE which was issued by the Isle of Man Ship Registry, INTERCARGO urges IMO to reconsider how Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer should be designated in the IMSBC Code. Currently, the Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer is listed as a group C cargo, however, the accident showed that this cargo, or at least some of the ammonium nitrate based fertilizers shipped as this cargo, should treated differently under the IMSBC Code.
The shipping industry is highly concerned with the possible damage and loss of bulk carriers carrying heavy cargoes. In July 2018, IACS revised ‘Recommendation 46’ referring to Bulk carriers loading and discharging to reduce the likelihood of over-stressing the hull structure in order to raise further awareness on the potential associated risks.
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IUMI: Risk profile, trading conditions better despite reduced premiums18/09/2018
Solent University leads project to examine best manning strategies18/09/2018
Copenhagen Malmö Port denies reports about rejecting shore power facility18/09/2018
USCG NAVCEN to publish GPS problems reports18/09/2018
ABS to class Singapore's first LNG bunker barge18/09/2018
What German insurers should focus on ahead Brexit18/09/2018
IBIA: IMO to consider legal framework for low-flashpoint diesel18/09/2018
Pilot Services in Hong Kong resume after Typhoon Mangkhut18/09/2018