According to Singapore’s Maritime Port Authority, from January 1, 2019 the Notification relating to the Weight Limitation of Dangerous Goods is amended by the Notification relating to the Weight Limitation of Dangerous Goods (G.N. No. 3474/2018) published on 28 December 2018, as the Notification’.
APM Terminals Inland Services’ integrated Inland Container Depot and supply chain solutions facility at Chakan, Pune was awarded an environmental clearance to store, handle, transport, and deliver hazardous chemicals in any form. Th is the first time such a clearance has been awarded to an ICD in India.
The UK MCA published a Merchant Shipping Notice regarding the transport of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in packaged form by sea on ships within UK waters and on UK ships. The amendment 39-18 to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code will enter into force globally on 1 January 2019, with a twelve month “transitional period” until 31 December 2019.
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission issued an investigation report on the cargo hold fire onboard the multipurpose container ship ‘Kokopo Chief’ at Port of Tauranga, on 23 September 2017. TAIC found that the fire originated by heat radiating from an incandescent reflector lamp, as the cargo hold lights had not been switched off on completion of loading.
A maritime rescue drill took place at Waigaoqiao, China on Friday, October 12, under the city’s maritime security preparations regarding the China International Import Expo. During its course, three cargo containers ‘fell’ off a ships while it was leaving the dock and one of them was containing ‘dangerous’ goods.
On the aftermath of the major fire that killed five crew members onboard the ‘Maersk Honam’ in March, Danish giant Maersk conducted a thorough review of current policies in the stowage of dangerous cargo, and has now implemented new guidelines to improve safety across its container ship fleet.
IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC5), held on 10-14 September 2018, addressed safety issues related to dangerous cargo. Among the highlights was that it agreed amendments to IGF and IMSBC Code, as well as draft interim guidelines for the safety of ships powered by methanol.
A 90-meter bulk carrier had been drifting in heavy weather, with hard winds and 4-meter-high waves, after it suffered a breakdown on the main engine off Marstrand, according to data provided by the Swedish Coast Guard. The bulk carrier was loaded with fertilizer.
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.
South Africa has detained the Russian-flagged freighter ‘Lada’, after being informed that it was allegedly carrying illegal cargo of weaponry onboard. Namely, local media report that the ship was carrying explosives and arms worth about $3.5 million.
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