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Lessons learned: Improper distribution of fumigation pellets leads to explosions

As the Swedish Club informs, a bulk carrier had loaded yellow corn in all cargo holds up to the hatch coamings. After the loading, fumigation technicians fumigated the cargo with fumitoxin pellets. A couple of hours later an explosion took place in one of the holds. The fumigant pellets in each hold had not been distributed across the entire cargo surface, or applied to the subsurface.

Procedures: How to conduct a safe cargo fumigation

Fumigants are chemicals which, under certain conditions, will enter a gaseous state and, in sufficient concentration, will be lethal to pest organisms that are considered detrimental for the condition of most grain cargoes. But under which circumstances can fumigation take place?

Swedish Club launches guide on cargo fires

When a fire breaks out on board a vessel there is no fire service ready to assist in extinguishing it – it is up to the crew themselves. The Swedish P&I Club issued a new guide for quick reference to the causes and prevention of cargo fires and explosion onboard.

UK MCA issues guidance for alongside fumigation operations

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a marine notice to highlight the importance of fumigation being undertaken by professionally trained personnel, in line with guidance published by the Health and Safety Executive and the IMO.

UK Club advises on cargo cold treatment failure

The process of cold treatment is a more efficient way to exterminate fruit insects than fumigation, as it maintains a sufficient low temperature for a pre-determined period. UK P&I Club said that has recently seen an increase in refrigerated cargo claims for fresh fruit from S.America to the US, due to cold treatment failure and presents prevention solutions.

How to ensure safe cargo fumigation

North P&I Club has published a new loss prevention briefing warning operators of the hazards associated with routine fumigation of agricultural products on ships and advises on measures to be taken in order to ensure safe process.

North P&I Club highlights risks of explosions during cargo fumigation

North P&I Club has published a new loss prevention briefing warning operators of the hazards associated with routine fumigation of agricultural products on ships.The warning follows an explosion of pesticide gases on a panamax vessel, loading corn at Paranagua, Brazil, at the end of December 2015. This resulted in significant structural damage and was one of number of similar incidents reported during the last five years in Brazil and the USA.

Fumigation of cargo with Methyl Bromide

The West of England P&I Club has recently dealt with a number of cases where it has become apparent that, contrary to IMO recommendations, agricultural products have been fumigated onboard entered vessels with highly toxic methyl bromid

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