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.
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.
In INTERCARGO’s Annual General Meeting on 1-2 October, the Association’s Chairman, John Platsidakis, underlined the challenge with respect to international regulators’ lack of understanding of how dry bulk ships operate worldwide on tramp trades.
Intercargo held its Annual General Meeting re-iterated its commitment to a safe and environmentally-friendly dry cargo shipping industry and its support for an industry governed by free and fair competition. Intercargo focused on ‘Safe Carriage of Cargoes’ and ‘Investigation of Casualties by Flag Administrations’.
Following the investigation report of the 2012 built supramax bulk carrier M/V CHESHIRE which was issued by the Isle of Man Ship Registry, INTERCARGO urges IMO to reconsider how Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer should be designated in the IMSBC Code. Currently, the Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer is listed as a group C cargo, however, the accident showed that this cargo, or at least some of the ammonium nitrate based fertilizers shipped as this cargo, should treated differently under the IMSBC Code.
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.
International shipping industry organisations have launched a new website to provide maritime security guidance to companies and mariners. The new website www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org provides security guidance, which the industry supplies, as well as links to useful maritime and military security resources.
BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and WSC, called the IMO to advance on challenges regarding the global sulphur cap, to avoid risking safety or unfairly penalise individual ships. The trade associations have submitted a number of proposals to IMO, aiming to help smooth the implementation of the global 0.5% sulphur.
Between 2008-2017 there have been 53 total losses of bulk carriers of 10,000 tonne deadweight and above, with the reported loss of 202 seafarers, according to the Bulk Carrier Casualty Report 2017 by INTERCARGO. The report highlights that cargo failure is one of the greatest concerns for the safe carriage of dry bulk and is likely the cause of the loss of 101 seafarers’ lives and 9 vessel losses in the last ten years.
INTERCARGO issued its Bulk Carrier Casualty report, covering and analyzing bulk carrier casualties from 2008 to 2017. The report revealed that 53 bulk carriers over 10,000 dwt have been identified as total losses over the years 2008 to 2017, with cargo shift and liquefaction remaining a great concern for seamen’s safety.
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