UK P&I Club publish Risk identification guide for commercial vessel inspections

Risk identification guide for commercial vessel inspections published by UK P&I Club
Risk identification guide for commercial vessel inspections published by UK P&I Club

The UK P&I club has published a risk identification guide entitled ‘Risk awareness passenger claims: Passenger ships and ferries – injury and illness – an aid to risk identification and loss reduction’. This essential booklet is a guide to the controls and key points that the UK Club’s Risk Assessors look for when inspecting a vessel.

It will allow you to carry out a similar check on the Threats and Controls and to make sure the vessel has a good risk profile.

Each Threat is followed by a ‘score’ section where the individual Controls can be graded according to how effective they are: Continue reading “UK P&I Club publish Risk identification guide for commercial vessel inspections”

American Club issues guidance for loading steel products when a surveyor is prevented from attending

American Club issues guidance
American Club issues guidance

The American Club has published helpful guidance specifically when third party surveyors are prevented from attending vessels about to load finished steel products.

All systems and equipment should be checked to make sure they are operational. During the voyage to the load port, ballast tanks adjacent to cargo holds should be pressure tested prior to loading, but only if the holds are free of cargo and safety permitting in every respect.

Caution should be taken when washing down holds with brackish river water, which may include saltwater chlorides. A freshwater flush and drying should be performed before loading, and tarpaulins can be laid on the tank top and lower sides of cargo holds, used in addition to dunnage, to provide a physical barrier Continue reading “American Club issues guidance for loading steel products when a surveyor is prevented from attending”

Hatch covers and ship holds guidance for safe operation and maintenance – booklet published

The London P&I Club has published an updated guide on the safe operation and maintenance of ship holds and hatch covers, highlighting some of the common associated causes of damage, loss and personal injury and providing recommendations on best practices and points to avoid.

According to the Club’s data, the cause of large cargo claims by value in dry bulk and general cargo vessels accounts for 33%.

As noted, ISM Code systems should include procedures for loading, unloading, ballasting, deballasting, securing manholes, blanking ballast lines, testing bilge Continue reading “Hatch covers and ship holds guidance for safe operation and maintenance – booklet published”

Bunker spill: Lessons learnt

UK P&I Club discuss bunker spill
UK P&I Club discuss bunker spill

Stuart Edmonston, Loss Prevention Director at UK P&I Club, discusses a poorly planned bunkering operation, which led to a bunker spill, and advises on the lessons that can be learnt from this incident.

A bulk carrier was to bunker 215 metric tons of intermediate fuel oil from a supply barge. The bunkers were to be received in a pair of empty topside tanks, each with a capacity of 200 cubic metres. According to the company safety management system procedures, bunker tanks were not to be filled in excess of 85% capacity which corresponded to a minimum ullage of 55cm. Continue reading “Bunker spill: Lessons learnt”

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