loss prevention

ABS launches notations on extinguishing fire onboard container carriers

ABS launched the “Guide for Fire-Fighting Systems for Cargo Areas of Container Carriers”, presenting a number of notations with guidelines, addressing firefighting and safety systems of cargo holds of container vessels, the location of a series of high-profile fires onboard.

The hidden risks of biological corrosion

The IVR Association issued an informing paper explaining the hidden risks of biological corrosion and providing additional information on how to avoid bacteria that damage ship bilges; The technical leaflet “Biological Corrosion” is focusing on a number of cases where the issue of leaking engine rooms seems to be more and more common these days. 

Safe working on CO2 systems

David Patterson, Loss Prevention Executive, North P&I Club discusses of a recent incident that resulted with the loss of ten people onboard a vessel, highlighting what the dangers are when not fully-understanding the operation of fixed CO2 systems.

Dealing with cargo hold lights’ fire

In its report on dealing with cargo fires, the Swedish Club has focused on cargo fires and explosion that can be caused by cargo hold lights presenting a case study of a bulker that caught fire after its cargo floodlights were not connected according to the approved ‘as built’ circuit diagrams.

DNV GL calls power-facility stakeholders to improve monitoring systems

DNV GL conducted a research on power failure investigation, following a fire at a large-scale South Korean energy storage facility, urging facility developers and operators to focus more on monitoring and prevention systems. DNV GL will conduct a follow-up assessment which will present criteria for bankability and validating remaining functionality of batteries after a fire.

War risk/loss prevention trends and best practices

During the last SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Rod Lingard, the Club Manager of Hellenic Mutual War Risks Association (Bermuda) Limited, looked at key war risks trends, including sanctions and the recent advice from OFAC on sanctions compliance programmes; developments in the Arabian Gulf; the status of piracy in both the Gulf of Guinea and the Western Indian Ocean.

Lessons learned: Agent not responding promptly to shipper’s request

The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) informed of a claim, highlighting the need for shipping agents to respond promptly to shippers’ requests or encounter financial risks. The case regarded a container of frozen beef carried on a liner service between Australia and China.

IUMI: Time to take action on container ship fires

The shipping industry has witnessed many fire incidents on container ships this year, some of which have resulted to fatalities and others to economic losses; Thus, IUMI, in a recent forum, took the chance to alert on the situation and call the shipping industry to improve its existent onboard firefighting systems and seafarers’ training, as both seem to lack of efficiency in these challenging times.

Cargo theft: Trends and countermeasures of a billion-dollar problem

Cargo theft is a global challenge with a major negative impact on supply chains and the world’s economy. To put this into context, cargo crime has costed an estimated US$22.6 billion in 2015, while the top five natural disasters costed a collective $33 billion, research has indicated.

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