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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.

ABS, CINS to develop best practices for carriage of dangerous goods

ABS is cooperating with CINS members over the past six months to develop best stowage strategy guidelines. After a three-month trial, the best practice guidelines will be published. The collaboration gathers key industry stakeholders to examine the challenges and risks container ship owners and operators face when stowing dangerous goods.

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.

MPA Singapore amends Weight Limitation of Dangerous Goods

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’. 

ICD in India receives clearance for handling hazardous chemicals

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.

UK MCA publishes notice on transport of dangerous goods and marine pollutants

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.

TAIC: Cargo hold lamp causes fire onboard

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.

Maritime rescue drill in Shanghai ahead of China International Import Expo

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.

Maersk sets new guidelines on dangerous cargo stowage post-Honam

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.

Key safety issues addressed at IMO CCC5

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. 

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