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Liquefaction testing is inadequate, ABTO says

The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators has called for a complete overhaul of the cargo sampling and liquefaction testing protocols for raw ores and less common cargoes, such as nickel ore, fine wet coal and bauxite, pointing out that the current methods for danger identification are inadequate, specially in ports where conditions are inclement.

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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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Lessons learned from accident due to unsafe loading of nickel ore

Unsafe cargo and unsafe anchorage resulted in the loss of ship The Nautical Institute has issued Mars Report regarding an accident occurred due to unsafe loading of nickel ore and unsafe anchorage which resulted in the loss of ship. The IncidentA bulk carrier was to load a cargo of nickel ore from barges intofive holds. During loading, which took approximately three weeks,intermittent rainfall caused interruptions in loading. The ore on thebarges had to be covered over with tarpaulins and the holds on thevessel had to be closed. The crew of the vessel carried out a 'can test'of the ore on each barge before transfer to the vessel.If the test failed,an 'oven drying test' was done to determine the moisture content ofthe ore. If the moisture content was found to exceed the TransportableMoisture Limit (TML was 34.80%), the cargo in the barge wouldnormally be rejected.However, records indicate that on at least two occasions cargo wasaccepted with moisture contents of 35.54% and 37% respectively.Oncethe loading was completed, the holds were trimmed and pressed bymeans of cargo grabs; each cargo hold was about half-full. Calculationsshowed the vessel's intact stability met the requirements of theInternational Code on Intact Stability, 2008. About a week after ...

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Early implementation of draft IMSBC Code amendments

Amendments related to carriage and testing of iron ore fines At the September 2013 session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Dangerous Goods, Solid Bulk Cargoes and Containers Sub-Committee (DSC), a new draft schedule for iron ore fines, iron ore and a modified Proctor/Fagerberg test procedure for iron ore fines was agreed. These are expected to be adopted as part of amendment 03-15 of the IMSBC Code.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) have issued an exemption certificate stating that iron ore fines must be carried and tested in accordance with the draft IMSBC Code schedule. A copy of this exemption, which enters force on 1 January 2014, can befound here.Early implementation of draft amendments to the IMSBC code related to the carriage and testing of iron ore finesThe Maritime Safety Committee, at its ninety-first session, authorized DSC 18 to issue a DSC circular on early implementation of the draft schedule(s) for iron ore fines, after the Sub-Committee finalizes the draft schedule.As instructed, DSC 18 prepared a draft individual schedule for IRON ORE FINES, a draft amendment to the individual schedule for IRON ORE and a draft amendment to appendix 2 to the IMSBC Code for the inclusion of "Modified Proctor/Fagerberg ...

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