Gard Club

The importance of reviewing enclosed space procedures

In light of the continuing occurence of enclosed space incidents on ships, the Gard P&I Club reiterated the need for ship managers to constanly review their enclosed space entry procedures and, if necessary, revise them to ensure they comply with the applicable requirements.

Measures to prevent anchor losses while berthed

Amid the global economic downturn, the period spent waiting at anchorage outside ports around the world may increase for some ships. Gard P&I Club advised on the risks involved in lost and dragging anchors.

What to watch out when welding

Welders onboard face an array of hazards, with electric shock being the most serious. The human body is a good conductor of electricity and even low currents can lead to paralysis, burns or even death, Gard warns.

Best practices for safety of fixed gas detection systems

Recently, the US Coast Guard informed about common discrepancies associated with fixed gas detection systems on liquefied gas carriers. The Gard P&I Club discussed two main reasons for these deficiencies, both of which relate to the calibration of fixed gas detection sensors.

How to safely walk the stairs on ships

Gard warns about the dangers of walking up or down stairs at ships. As it says, seafarers should always apply the old adage of ‘one hand for yourself and one for the ship’ and keep one hand free to grasp the handrail.

Supervision vital when working aloft

Working aloft is risky and a supervisor should be appointed to act as a lookout for the crew member who perform such tasks, the Gard P&I Club warned. The Club’s claims database for the last 10 years shows that 5% of all falls from heights have resulted in fatalities and is one of the top 5 leading causes for fatalities onboard. 

Wearing the right gloves prevents finger injuries

The Gard P&I Club reported that over a ten year period between 2009-2018, a 25%of all the crew accidents were finger and hand injuries related. Based on the Club’s portofolio, the data presented that ratings are nearly twice as likely to suffer from such injuries in comparison to the officers.

How the amended IMSBC Code affects coal cargoes

The amendments to the IMBC Code regard the criteria under which coal cargoes are considered Group A, namely liable to liquefy, in addition to Group B chemical hazards which apply to all coal cargoes. Thus, coal cargoes may need the same TML and moisture certification.

6 guidelines for scrap metal carriage

In order to reduce the number of claims from the carriage of scrap metal the Cargo Incident Notification System published a set of guidelines to ensure that this type of cargo is properly packaged, declared and carried. Metal scrap is recyclable materials left over from product manufacturing and consumption, such as parts of vehicles, building supplies, and surplus materials.

Clarifications about Lloyd’s Open Form and Side Agreements

In certain circumstances in a salvage situation, Members (and their Hull insurers) may choose to vary the standard LOF and/or SCOPIC terms by entering into so-called “side agreements” or “side letters” with a salvor. Altering the terms of a standard LOF and SCOPIC in this way may cause a change in contractual liabilities and risk allocation.

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