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On deck cargo loss,damage excluded from Hague-Visby rules

The English Court decided that ‘On a true construction of the Bill of Lading, the Owner is not liable for any loss of or damage to any cargo carried on deck, including loss of or damage to any cargo carried on deck caused by the unseaworthiness of the Vessel and/or the Owner’s negligence’, according to Bill Kirrane, Steamship’s Mutual Syndicate Manager.

Heavy weather leads to lost containers

The Swedish Club in its August monthly safety scenario focuses on a large container vessel that was sailing on a SE course in the North Atlantic, bound for a European port. While sailing the weather got worse and the wind reached Beaufort scale 9, resulting to 7-metre waves. The vessel was hit on its starboard side, causing heavy rolling. The maximum rolling was 20o to starboard and 30o to port.

New VR training solution to help protect cargo

Videotel launched a new virtual reality (VR) training title, aiming to help ship operators avoid possible claims running into millions of pounds, because of cargo damage caused by insufficient tank cleaning on board chemical tankers. Videotel’s VR training module titled ‘Wall Wash Test-Protecting Your Cargo’, has been produced in association with the company’s VR content partners OMS.

SIGTTO presents ‘Recommendations for management of cargo alarm systems’

The Society of International Gas Tanker & Terminal Operators Ltd (SIGTTO) published the first output from the Human Element Committee, ‘Recommendations for Management of Cargo Alarm Systems’, recommending the implementation of alarm management philosophies for cargo alarm systems on gas carriers.

Unreported dangerous cargo might have caused the KMTC fire

Port Authority Director of Thailand, Kamolsak Phromprayoon, reported that the fire onboard KMTC containership was due to mis-declared chemical cargoes of calcium hypochlorite and chlorinated paraffin wax. The port Authority inspected 35 containers at the centre of the blaze, which resulted to more than half of of cargoes contained chemical products.

Preventing wet damage on cargo

The Swedish Club highlights how to avoid wet damaged cargo. It says that heavy weather in combination with leaking hatch covers is the most common cause of wet damage on cargo. However, the main concern is the incorrectly applied and poorly maintained cargo hatch covers and sealing systems.

How to secure cargo for roll trailers

West of England Club highlights the importance of safely securing cargo, in order to avoid any incidents. The Club continues to receive claims in respect of cargo shifting due to inadequate securing where roll trailers have been used. This can either be inadequate securing of the load to the trailer or inadequate securing of the trailer to the vessel, or a combination of both.

Lessons learned: Crack in cargo hold cover leads to wet damage

In its Monthly Safety Scenario for April, the Swedish Club describes a case of cargo damage caused by water ingress due to a crack on the hatch coaming. The incident resulted in several days of delay for the ship to get the wet cargo off the vessel, while most of the cargo was refused by the buyer.

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