Physical damage caused to cargo due to poor packaging

Britannia P&I Club has reported a recent case where a cargo of pressure boiler parts was physically damaged during transportation in moderately heavy weather en route from Hong Kong to Houston.

The ship encountered high seas and winds of Beaufort scale 9. The master had adjusted speed and course so as to minimise rolling and pitching but despite his actions, inspections carried out by the master in the cargo holds revealed the cargo stowed in hold no. 2 had been damaged.

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Hempel launches two new epoxy primers for harsher offshore conditions

Denmark-headquartered coatings specialist Hempel is introducing two new coatings; Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 and 17870.

They are being introduced to increase the service life and reduce on-station maintenance requirements of offshore assets. The new high-performance pure epoxy uni-primers presented are claimed to combine excellent corrosion protection with construction flexibility.

Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 / 17870 are part of a series of two-component epoxy primer coatings which provide advanced crack resistance using Hempel’s patented fibre technology. They can be applied in immersed and non-immersed areas of any offshore asset, from offshore platforms and drilling rigs through to support vessels.

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First changes to MLC 2006 since it was adopted come into force

The first amendments made to to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), which ensure better protection to seafarers has entered into force on 18 January 2017. The amendments were originally approved by the International Labour Conference in 2014 prior to implementation.

The 2014 amendments require that a financial security system be put in place to ensure that shipowners ensure compensation to seafarers and their families in the event of abandonment, death or long-term disability due to an occupational injury, illness or hazard. Mandatory certificates and other evidence will be required to be carried on board ships to establish that the financial security system is in place to protect the seafarers working on board.

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DNV GL issues technical bulletin following a sharp rise in propeller shaft bearing damage

A sharp rise in propeller shaft bearing damage has been noted by DNV GL. Photo credit: DNV GL

A sharp rise in propeller shaft bearing damage has been noted by DNV GL. Photo credit: DNV GL

DNV GL has noticed an increase in the number of reported incidents involving aft propeller shaft bearing damage. With this in mind, they have issued technical advice with their opinion on the contributing factors to this damage. Much of the damage in the reported cases has developed within a short period of time, typically a few minutes to an hour.

Typical damages observed and their consequences
The observed trend is not specific to a vessel type – rather, it reflects operation of the affected vessels in areas with limitations on the draft of the vessel or loading conditions, without suitable precautionary measures to limit the RPM/power of the engine.

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Steps to be taken when bringing laid up vessels back into service

The Shipowners P&I Club has a survey requirement when it comes to layup reactivations, which is deemed to be key, especially if a vessel has been decommissioned for many months.

Of course the extent of re-commissioning work depends on whether the vessel was under hot or cold layup, the length of time the vessel was laid up and the extent of maintenance carried out during the laid up period. So there are many steps to be considered when preparing to re-commission the vessel after a layup. The following is a non-exhaustive guide for layup reactivations.

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