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Port Hedland’s iron ore shipments to China increase by 14% in December

According to Reuters, iron ore shipments from Australia's port of Hedland terminal to China, experienced an increase by 14% in December from the previous month as shown by the port's data. Iron ore shipments to China from the world’s biggest iron ore port reached an overall of 37.4 million tonnes in December. On the contrary, iron ore shipments in November reached a total of 32.9 million tonnes, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority.

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Update: Testing of ore fines in India

The West of England P&I Club informs that India has now approved eDOT Marine Laboratories to use the modified Proctor / Fagerberg test for iron ore fines. A table include the newly revised list of DGS approved laboratories has been released. The table also includes the validity of their approval, and the test methods which they are authorized to use.

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Focus: Cargoes subject to liquefaction

IMSBC Code Group A - Nickel Ore - Iron Ore Fines - Bauxite Cargo liquefaction may result in cargo shift and loss of stability; this has been the cause of a number of serious casualties during the last years and now liquefaction is being considered as a major hazard for bulk carriers.Liquefaction occurs when a cargo (which may not appear visibly wet) has a level of moisture in between particles. During a voyage, the ship movement may cause the cargo to liquefy and become viscous and fluid, which can lead to cargo flowing with the roll of the ship and potentially causing a dangerous list and sudden capsize of the vessel. Special consideration and precautions should be taken when loading a cargo which may liquefy.DNV GL has recenlty published an informative guideline for the design and operation of vessels with bulk cargo that may liquefy. The main risk for a vessel carrying cargo that may liquefy is shifting of the cargo.The following cargoes are subject to liquefaction:1. IMSBC Code Group AIn the IMSBC Code, the cargoes have been divided into three groups. Group A consists of cargoes that may liquefy. Group B are cargoes with a chemical hazard. Group C ...

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Liquefaction of Nickel Ore from Surigao

Dangers of carrying nickel ore from Indonesia and the Philippines The West of England P&I Club has issued an article to remind operators of the International Group requirements when planning to fix or charter a vessel to load nickel ore from the Philippines or Indonesia. The details are set out in Notice to Members No 14 2013/2014. In addition, the International Group circular on the Safe Carriage of Nickel Ore Cargoes should be read and followedEarlier this month a supramax bulk carrier sailed for Lianyungang, China after loading a cargo of nickel ore at Surigao, Philippines.The nickel ore in two of the vessel's cargo holds liquefied when heavy weather was encountered approximately 225 miles south east of Taiwan, causing a heavy list. Although the master headed for a port of refuge with an escort tug in attendance, the list increased to the point where it was necessary to abandon ship. Sadly, one crewmember did not survive.According to reports, another vessel has also experienced cargo liquefaction problems this month while loading nickel ore at anchor in Surigao.Club correspondents Pandiman, Manila have advised that nickel ore from Surigao and Dinagat has a particularly high clay content. Samples may appear to be satisfactory ...

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