SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that Dimitrios Fafalios, President, INTERCARGO has received the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Leadership Award at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on October the 1st at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the SAFETY4SEA Conference.
Five days after the Indonesian-flagged bulk carrier ‘Nur Allya’ disappeared off eastern Indonesia along with its 25 crew, Intercargo, the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners, urged all shipowners, operators and seafarers to exercise extreme caution when accepting for carriage nickel ore and other cargoes that have the potential to liquefy.
In a strategic step and an effort to extend the benefits of its psychometric assessment provisions to the dry cargo sector, Safebridge, the company behind the SafeMetrix platform joins INTERCARGO – The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners.
In its Executive and Technical Committee meetings in Hong Kong on 4 and 5 March 2019, INTERCARGO highlighted the importance of investigating incidents and the subsequent publication of casualty investigation reports in a timely manner, in order for lessons to be learned.
Intercargo welcomes the latest amendment to IMSBC Code 04-17 which entered into force on 1st January 2019 and includes important updates related to cargoes that may liquefy. In this regard, the association notes that moisture related cargo failure mechanisms, widely known as liquefaction, continue to be a major concern for dry bulk shipping.
INTERCARGO announced the introduction of a new project, from 1 August 2018, through a reporting scheme “INTERCARGO Bulk Carrier Reporting Form (II) – Safe Loading/Unloading at Anchorage”, in a bid to respond to the increasing issues related to safe loading/unloading at anchorage.
On the aftermath of the sinking of the bulk carrier ‘EMERALD STAR’, INTERCARGO notes that lessons need to be learned promptly after maritime casualties and stresses the importance of timely submission of the casualty investigation report to IMO, as a means of identifying the causes of the incident and enabling corrective actions.
When bulk cargoes shift, liquefy, catch fire or explode due to poor loading procedures, the consequences can be critical – ships could capsize, lose stability or sustain severe structural damage. Occasioned by this kind of incidents the UK P&I Club has offered some good advice regarding the safe carrying of bulk cargoes.
Lloyd’s Register, the UK P&I Club, and INTERCARGO have produced a pocket guide for ships’ officers and agents who arrange cargoes for loading. This pocket guide outlines the precautions to be taken before accepting solid bulk cargoes for shipment; sets out procedures for safe loading and carriage; details the primary hazards associated with different types of cargo; and underlines the importance of proper cargo declarations.
Some 200 representatives of classification societies, shipbuilders and shipowners came together in Tokyo last week for their annual ‘Tripartite Meeting’ on issues of common interest.
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