Through a recent Safety Alert, the Marine Safety Forum (MSF) describes a case of cargo snagging during lifting operations. The incident highlighted the need for improvement in deck space management and planning.
North Club issued a circular aiming to assist the industry on steel cargoes shipment. The Club recommends that a surveyor is appointed to assist the Master and officers with the receipts and bills of lading.
Amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantine requirements for ship crews prior to Chinese New Year (CNY 2021), CMA CGM suspends cargo bound for South China ports in early 2021.
The seed cake cargo amendments in the IMSBC Code will become mandatory on January 1, 2021. Now, the North Club explains the differences and changes that have taken place concerning seed cake.
Current trade conditions are challenging, particularly in North America, which is experiencing an unprecedented surge in imports from Asia. As it is not clear how long the COVID19-related cargo surge will last, we must manage our way through it in the short term, the World Shipping Council noted.
INTERCARGO, The Standard Club and DNV GL jointly announced the launch of a new ventilation guide, highlighting the importance of proper ventilation for enhanced safety onboard bulk cargoes and the different ventilation requirements that exist. The guide covers the main aspects on how and when to ventilate to control of humidity and to remove flammable and toxic gases released from cargoes.
Following the pandemic and its travel bans, fumigators are unable to sail with the vessel. Therefore, ship operators and crew, who do not have the necessary expertise to handle toxic materials, are exposed to a risky operational environment, Standard Club noted.
The COVID-19 social distancing restrictions continue affecting shipping operations, as now, North Club notes that the removal of spent fumigants from a cargo hold has its risks.
In light of the revised International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, which will come into force on 1 January 2021, BIMCO reported new developments that affect the code.
The Churchill Dock, located in the middle of the Port of Antwerp, is set to become a fully-fledged ‘Breakbulk Dock’. In doing so, the port wants to show that breakbulk remains an absolute priority and that it aims to continue supporting this.
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