Intercargo held its Annual General Meeting re-iterated its commitment to a safe and environmentally-friendly dry cargo shipping industry and its support for an industry governed by free and fair competition.
Amongst its main topics, Intercargo focused on ‘Safe Carriage of Cargoes’ and ‘Investigation of Casualties by Flag Administrations’.
As the association noted, 2017 was characterized by the losses of M/V Stellar Daisy, carrying iron ore, and M/V Emerald Star, with nickel ore cargo, causing the loss of 32 seafarers.
Commenting on these cases, Intercargo said that ‘the submission of quality casualty investigation reports without undue delays would greatly benefit the industry’. For this reason it has congratulated the Isle of Man Ship Registry, the Flag Administration of the M/V CHESHIRE, for the timely publication and the clarity of its Casualty Investigation Report, which enabled the industry to consider corrective actions.
What is more, according to Intercargo the investigation an incident and the publication of its investigation report is of outmost importance.
The dry bulk industry expects strict compliance with IMO’s Casualty Investigation Code, which might even necessitate a “naming and shaming” enforcement process. We invite the IMO to regularly publish casualty analyses.
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