Cargo-related container ship fires are on the rise in 2019, with reported incidents averaging every 30 days and bucking the twenty plus year frequency of roughly every 60 days, which highlights the need to galvanise actions to improve safety, according to data provided by insurer TT Club.
This time, our special column, in association with The North of England P&I Club, sheds focus on the IMDG Code asking industry experts whether its implementation has been effective in preventing container fire incidents so far.
In 2018, once again new regulations took place in order the maritime industry to stay on the pulse and remain sustainable.Namely, the latest regulatory impacting the industry within the year include 26 major updates which will define the future of the industry.
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.
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 has published changes to The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG Code), incorporating the 2018 edition (feat. Amendment 39-18) which comes into force on 1 January 2020 for two years and may be applied voluntarily as from 1 January 2019.
Capt. Kinsey, who is one of the lead authors of the ‘Safety & Shipping Review’ by Allianz, notes that although there is a significant improvement in terms of maritime safety, there is still need to address the ‘culture of risk taking’ in the industry.
As Capt. Akshat Arora, Senior Surveyor at the Standard P&I said, the Club regularly receives questions regarding the carriage of dangerous cargoes in packaged form. As of 1 January 2018, the 2016 edition of the IMDG code is in effect, and Mr. Arora reminds the requirements of this code.
The Standard P&I Club informed of a recent personal injury incident after a crew member suffered severe burns to his right leg when a spare e-cigarette battery carried in his coverall overheated & exploded. The short circuit was mostly attributed to the keys carried in the same pocket.
The UK MCA issued a marine guidance note regarding the transport of items, which are classified as dangerous under the IMDG Code, when carried by individuals in a private vehicle -such as cars/caravans/trailers/mobile homes- or by foot passengers. It does not include vehicles in commercial use, ambulances or vehicles driven by contractors/employees.
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