The North P&I Club launched three different checklists concerning the “care” of nickel ore, grain and coal, providing details to interested parties on how to deal with this kind of cargo.
According to Reuters, China’s monthly nickel ore imports from Indonesia marked a rise to a near six-year high in November, as buyers were in a rush to acquire as much ore as they could, towards the ban of Indonesia exports which will come into effect from this month.
Following the recent developments that a ban on nickel ore exports from Indonesia would commence on the 1st of January 2020, Indonesian authorities gave the green light to a specific number of nickel ore exporters to trade, after ensuring that they were in compliance with the country’s export rules to resume nickel ore shipments.
The Indonesian government announced on Friday, August 30th 2019 that a ban on nickel ore exports would come into effect on the 1st of January 2020; two years prior to its planned date, causing an immediate spike in its price. Even though this retreated as the market took a more measured view of the nickel outlook, there is little doubt that in the years to come the ban will have significant implications for NPI supply.
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.
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