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Poor construction in newbuilding market

North P&I Club issues warning The North P&I Club issued a warning for shipowners to check their new ships very carefully before accepting delivery. The North P&I Club says it has become aware of several of instances of poor construction that is potentially dangerous in the newbuilding market.According to Tony Baker, Head of North's Loss Prevention Department, "We have been made aware of instances recently where newly constructed bulk carriers and general cargo ships have been delivered from the shipbuilder with partly completed or poorly constructed ladders in the cargo holds, for example."The Club reports that ships are being delivered with cargo hold access ladders, platforms and their cages constructed and secured to the bulkheads only by tack welds, rather than being fully welded."When subject to a load or any other applied stress, such as vessel movement, the tack welds have failed and resulted in an unsafe access to and from the cargo hold. This introduces a very high risk of injury to crew members, stevedores and any third parties entering or leaving the cargo hold."In addition to accidents North warns that defects can also result in costly delays and port state control problems. While the cost of repairs for ...

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