Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency announced that they are halting the search and rescue operations for the missing Indonesia-flagged Nur Allya. The vessel disappeared in late July. According to the authorities, the operations stopped on September 9.
Amid an increased discussion surrounding the safe carriage of nickel ore cargoes, the Swedish P&I Club said the mandatory notification requirements for the carriage of nickel ore loaded in Philippines and Indonesia still applies. Nickel ore is a cargo which may liquefy if the moisture content of the material exceeds its TML.
As Reuters reports, Indonesia announced a ban on the export of nickel ore, starting in January 1 2020. Along with an energy ministerial decree, Indonesia supports its nickel ore export ban. The ban sees Indonesia to want to process more of its resources at home.
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.
Search and rescue operations are underway for the Indonesian-flagged bulk carrier ‘Nur Allya’, which has been missing along with its 25 crew members, after sending a distress signal in waters off eastern Indonesia on Sunday. The ship was carrying nickel ore to Southeast Sulawesi province.
As the American Club says, Pandiman Philippines Inc., the Club’s correspondents in Manila, provided the following reminder regarding the hazards associated with the carriage of nickel ore, as the seasonal export of this dangerous cargo from the Philippines gets underway.
As Gard informs, the mandatory notification requirement for the carriage of nickel ore loaded in Philippines and Indonesia still applies. This loss prevention initiative was launched in 2012 and allows for early interaction with ship operators and an opportunity to reduce the risks arising by this cargo.
The West of England P&I Club warns operators of the dangers of carrying nickel ore. Carrying nickel ore can be dangerous, because of the risk of liquefaction of the cargo on passage when the moisture content is higher than the cargo’s Flow Moisture Point.
Nickel ore liquefaction remains a key point of concern for shipowners and charterers, argues Janice Dao Yeung Yeung, Senior Claims Executive, Lawyer, Skuld P&I Club, who provided a detailed analysis of the regulatory obligations surrounding the nickel ore cargo from the Philippines and Indonesia for masters, charterers, owners, shippers, as well as insurers.
Major challenges mixed with significant developments made 2017 an interesting year for the maritime industry. The agenda of events included from rise of technology trends and vessel automation, to cyber security issues and piracy revival.
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