According to data, the local production of wood charcoal and carbon for domestic and export markets is about 53 million tonnes per year. These cargoes need to comply with the IMDG Code compliance and the aim of the guide is to highlight additional precautions to enhance their safe carriage.
UK P&I Club says that it has seen an increase in refrigerated cargo claims for fresh fruit being shipped from South America to the United States due to cold treatment failure. George Radu, Claims Executive at Thomas Miller Americas, comments on this increase and offers prevention solutions.
The process of cargo cold treatment is a more efficient way to exterminate fruit insects than fumigation, as it maintains a sufficient low temperature for a pre-determined period, in order to exterminate insects and larvae in perishable cargo. The period and temperature required are defined in protocols established by the relevant authorities of the importing countries.
Instructions from the Administration of Panama regarding IMO MSC.1/Circ. 1352/Rev.1 Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing – CSS Code Annex 14 – were announced in ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-1097 dated 28 December 2016. The Administration has updated MERCHANT MARINE CIRCULAR MMC-340, including their additional guidance on the application of relevant requirements to existing containerships, as attached.
This Technical Information supersedes the previous ClassNK Technical Information No.TEC-1097 dated 28 December 2016.
Due to a recent increase in the incidence of deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather, the London P&I Club said it supports a recommendation to appoint a marine warranty surveyor to supervise high-risk marine construction and transportation project operations where appropriate.
“In the past year, LOC has seen many deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather,” Paul Walton, a director with international marine consultant LOC (Hong Kong), said.
ABS has published an enhanced Guide for Certification of Container Securing Systems – container lashing guide – and new companion software, ABS C-LASH™, both of which provide resources that could improve safety on board containerships launched. The container lashing guide incorporates a new non-linear lashing analysis procedure with easy-to-use software that simplifies analysis of container lashing arrangements.
“This is a game changer for safety and operational performance in the containership sector,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “Investing in technology that improves safety is a priority at ABS as we continuously improve the ways we support our mission to promote a safer and more reliable shipping industry.”