Earlier this year, the International Group and CINS jointly published Guidelines for the carriage of Seed Cake in containers. An updated version released today, contains some minor changes to the text including an updated description of Seed Cake, some clarification of details following queries received from container ship operators and the properties and observations for each relevant UN number.
CINS, together with the International Group of P&I Clubs published guidelines for the carriage of Seed Cake in containers. The practices set out in this document are intended to improve safety during the carriage of Seed Cake and to ensure that it is properly declared, packaged and carried.
RMI issued updated IMDG Code requirements, reflecting its decision to allow 200 bar oxygen cylinders to be replaced with those of an equivalent capacity. This is due to an increasing number of countries that limit the filling pressure of medical oxygen to below the 200 bar recommended in the MFAG.
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.
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.
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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