INTERCARGO expresses its condemn against those charterers in the dry bulk sector have been preventing much needed crew changes from taking place during the period of the charter, despite the ship owner agreeing to accept the associated costs.
The Nautical Institute along with the support of INTERCARGO and RightShip, launched a guidance on bulk carrier operations in order to assist those interested and improve safety.
In a strategic step and an effort to extend the benefits of its psychometric assessment provisions to the dry cargo sector, Safebridge, the company behind the SafeMetrix platform joins INTERCARGO – The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners.
Intercargo welcomes the latest amendment to IMSBC Code 04-17 which entered into force on 1st January 2019 and includes important updates related to cargoes that may liquefy. In this regard, the association notes that moisture related cargo failure mechanisms, widely known as liquefaction, continue to be a major concern for dry bulk shipping.
Cargo hold cleaning constitutes one critical aspect of the complex bulk carrier operations. A conventional bulk carrier may transport coal this week and soya beans the next week, which requires thorough wash-downs and cleaning. In this regard, Danish shipping company Norden announced it has tested a cargo hold robot which can be remotely operated to prevent risk and delays.
INTERCARGO announced the introduction of a new project, from 1 August 2018, through a reporting scheme “INTERCARGO Bulk Carrier Reporting Form (II) – Safe Loading/Unloading at Anchorage”, in a bid to respond to the increasing issues related to safe loading/unloading at anchorage.
During latest IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CC4), IMO raised awareness on the hazards of bauxite cargo and updated a previous circular, noting that some bauxite cargoes (specifically those with a larger proportion of smaller particles) present a risk caused by moisture and should be treated as Group A cargoes.
Following a number of recent casualties involving bulk carriers in Brazil, a new inspection requirement has been introduced in Brazilian ports, according to the West P&I Club. All vessels of 18 or more years of age, that are to load a cargo with a density of 1.78 t/m3 or greater, are to be subject to an inspection upon arrival, prior to loading commencing.
Effective 01 January 2018 RightShip’s age trigger for a bulk carrier inspection for vessels over 8,000 dwt will change from 18 years to 14 years, after which an annual acceptable RightShip inspection will be required, according to the company. The observations of Inspectors feeds back into the vetting process, providing critical control to improve safety.
The China Maritime Safety Administration (China MSA) announced the launch of a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) focusing on large bulk carriers of more than 10,000 gross tonnage (GT). The campaign will be held during the second semester of 2017, starting from 15 June 2017 through 31 December 2017.
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