Quantum for claims due to fires onboard ships surpass US$ 4 million

Quantum for claims due to fires onboard ships surpass US$ 4 million
Quantum for claims due to fires onboard ships surpass US$ 4 million

Between 2016 and 2022, the quantum for claims notified to the Shipowners’ Club caused by fires on board vessels was over US$ 4 million. Fire poses a threat to all vessel types, regardless of their size or operation and has the potential to result in severe injuries or the unfortunate loss of life and significant damage to or loss of a vessel.

The Shipowners’ Club, on analysing these incidents, observed that most took place in the engine room or when performing hot work operations and were attributed to a lack of effective procedures and poor housekeeping. The increased use and carriage of lithium batteries on board vessels also presents new challenges Continue reading “Quantum for claims due to fires onboard ships surpass US$ 4 million”

Safe fitting and removing of temporary lashing points recommendations

West P&I Club issues recommendations on temporary lashing points. Photo credit: West P&I
West P&I Club issues recommendations on temporary lashing points. Photo credit: West P&I

Mark Dunbar, Surveys Manager at West P&I Club, has provided recommendations on fitting and removal of temporary lashing points after the club noticed receiving a number of high value claims arising from such operations.

According to Mr. Dunbar, it is sometimes required in the dry cargo trades for fixed lashing points to be temporarily fitted for securing of cargo and then removed at the end of the voyage.

He said, “From cases we have reviewed, toolbox talks had been conducted and hot work permits issued, yet the Club has still experienced a number of high value claims arising from these operations.” Continue reading “Safe fitting and removing of temporary lashing points recommendations”

Fire safety onboard ships remains a continuous concern warns Gard Club

Photo credit: Gard Club
Photo credit: Gard Club

The Gard Club has provided useful information and guidance about fire safety onboard ships, stressing that fire accidents remain a continuous cause for concern.

In April 2022, the US Coast Guard released its Port State Control (PSC) Annual Report 2021. Findings related to inadequate fire safety systems and arrangements on board visiting ships top the PSC’s list of causes for detainable deficiencies. It is a requirement of SOLAS Reg. II-2/14 that all fire protection equipment shall be kept in good order and readily available for use. It is also a requirement of SOLAS Reg. I/11 that any defects which affect the safety of the ship or its continued compliance with statutory requirements are to be reported to class and the flag administration says Gard Club on its website. Continue reading “Fire safety onboard ships remains a continuous concern warns Gard Club”

Broken fuel valve caused an engine room fire

Photo credit: Swedish Club
Photo credit: Swedish Club

In its latest monthly safety scenario, the Swedish Club has explained an incident where a broken fuel valve above the auxiliary engines started spraying fuel oil over an exhaust pipe, causing a huge explosion and a fire in the engine room.

A vessel was lying alongside loading cargo. The Chief Officer called the engine control room (ECR) to ask the duty engineer to start an extra auxiliary engine so he could begin to ballast the vessel. Continue reading “Broken fuel valve caused an engine room fire”

Refrigerated container cargo claims on the rise warns Britannia Club

Britannia Club says there is evidence of rising refrigerated container cargo claims
Britannia Club says there is evidence of rising refrigerated container cargo claims

In the past two years, the Britannia Club has opened just over 250 claims files for allegedly damaged refrigerated container cargo carried on operators’ vessels, with the number of such claims being on the rise recently.

Cargoes carried in refrigerated containers are many and varied, including meat, vegetables, fruit, live plants, flowers and medicines, all requiring their own bespoke temperature and atmosphere management.

Where there is the loss of the entire contents of a 40’ high cube container, Continue reading “Refrigerated container cargo claims on the rise warns Britannia Club”

Merger plans announced by North P&I and Standard Club to create new global marine insurer

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North P&I and Standard Club have entered formal discussions for a proposed merger to create a new global marine insurer and one of the largest providers of mutual cover in the maritime industries. With 300 years of shared P&I heritage, the combined mutual insurer would provide cover for vessels equivalent to 400M GT.

Combination would establish a global marine insurer positioned to thrive in the face of current and emerging challenges and opportunities posed Continue reading “Merger plans announced by North P&I and Standard Club to create new global marine insurer”

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