Britannia Risk Watch publication tackles lithium-ion guidance

Britannia Risk Watch publication tackles lithium ion batteries
Britannia Risk Watch publication tackles lithium-ion guidance

In a recent edition of Britannia Risk Watch, published by the Britannia P&I Club, safely transporting Lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry is just one of a number of important topics under the microscope

Lithium-Ion Batteries have gained significant attention in recent years due to their pivotal role in the global shift towards sustainability, as well as their association with certain fire risks relating to thermal runaway, self-ignition, and the risk of an explosive and toxic atmosphere.

According to Jacob Damgaard, Divisional Director, Loss Prevention Singapore, the energy storage unit typically comprises a box or Continue reading “Britannia Risk Watch publication tackles lithium-ion guidance”

Liquid cargo contamination best practices

Gard shares guidance about liquid cargo contamination
Gard shares guidance about liquid cargo contamination

Gard personnel Satoru Yamashita, Senior Claims Executive, Tokyo, and Cheryl Acker, Senior Claims Executive, New York, present the following best practices in order to avoid liquid cargo contamination claims.

P&I Club, Gard, has handled a number of liquid cargo contamination claims arising from previous cargo residues. As a result of these cases and their experience Gard has issued some helpful advice and guidance to assist the industry to try and avoid future claims.

Liquid cargo contamination claims can be costly and Gard has seen cases arising when the last cargo onboard was coconut oil, palm oil, or other edible oils. Continue reading “Liquid cargo contamination best practices”

Draft survey practical guidance published by Britannia P&I Club

Draft survey practical guidance published by Britannia P&I Club
Draft survey practical guidance published by Britannia P&I Club

This essential practical guidance issued by Britannia P&I Club provides an overview of the key concepts and considerations involved in conducting a draft survey for ships.

Draft surveys play a crucial role in determining the quantity of cargo loaded onto a ship. While based on the simple principle of Archimedes’ law of floatation, the calculation process can be complex due to the ship’s shape, non-linear changes in draft due to hog and sag, and external weather conditions. Continue reading “Draft survey practical guidance published by Britannia P&I Club”

Fire and explosion risks posed by carriage of scrap metal

NorthStandard P&I Club explains risks posed by carriage of scrap metal
NorthStandard P&I Club explains risks posed by carriage of scrap metal

The NorthStandard P&I Club presents the risk involved with the carriage of scrap metal, as explained by Dr Neil Sanders of Burgoynes Consulting Scientists and Engineers.

According to NorthStandard, bulk carriage of scrap metal (iron and steel) bring risks involving heating, flammable gas production and fires. Dr Neil Sanders of Burgoynes Consulting Scientists and Engineers shares the potential problems with all types of scrap ferrous metals in this article. Continue reading “Fire and explosion risks posed by carriage of scrap metal”

Risk Focus: Tugs and Barges by the UK P&I Club

Risk Focus Tugs and Barges published by UK P&I
Risk Focus Tugs and Barges published by UK P&I

The UK P&I Club has published a Risk Focus which is intended to promote best practice covering vessel owners and operators of tugs and barges.

Over 80% of tug claims concern injury or illness of personnel. Other claim types include collision, cargo, pollution, damage to fixed or floating objects, and fines – but the number of those claims is very small compared with personnel injury/illness claims. In terms of the dollar cost of claims, the picture is very similar – personnel claims account for 79% of the value of claims. The total cost of pollution incidents has proven to be more costly than incidents of collision, damage to fixed or floating objects, Continue reading “Risk Focus: Tugs and Barges by the UK P&I Club”

‘Book it right and pack it tight’ IMDG code updated

UKP&I and TT have collaborated to update their publication ‘Book it right and pack it tight’
UKP&I and TT have collaborated to update their publication ‘Book it right and pack it tight’

On 1 June 2022, the latest version of the IMDG Code, Amendment 40-20, came into force. Following its publication, UKP&I and TT have again collaborated to update their publication ‘Book it right and pack it tight’ which provides key insights for all participants in the freight supply chain responsible for preparing unitised consignments for carriage by sea.

The amended guide is divided in two parts;

Part A: This covers the operational processes and documentation involved in preparing and presenting a consignment of dangerous goods for shipment and uses terms from the IMDG Code that are explained in the reference section, Part B. Continue reading “‘Book it right and pack it tight’ IMDG code updated”

Stern tube damage is on the increase in concerning trend

Claims for stern tube damage have increased considerably over the last few years says recent Gard analysis
Claims for stern tube damage have increased considerably over the last few years says recent Gard analysis

The number of claims for stern tube damage has increased considerably over the last few years and such damages are now one of the more frequent claim types handled by Gard under their hull and machinery policies. A recent Gard analysis has shed light on the issue.

The nature and severity of stern tube damage damage varies greatly – ranging from a simple aft seal leakage that can be rectified over a few days whilst afloat, to loss of propulsion involving costly salvage operations and extended repairs in drydock. Continue reading “Stern tube damage is on the increase in concerning trend”

Bulk cargoes casebook by The Swedish Club

Bulk Cargoes Casebook published by the Swedish Club
Bulk Cargoes Casebook published by the Swedish Club

As part of its commitment to improving safety at sea, The Swedish Club widely shares its claims experiences to help the and shipping community to understand the factors that can lead to common incidents and to learn from the decisions that were made on board at the time and to understand the lessons learned.

In this valuable edition, dedicated to bulk cargoes, The Swedish Club presents 17 cases in brief.

They are:
1.1 Charcoal: Incorrect declaration caused charcoal fire Continue reading “Bulk cargoes casebook by The Swedish Club”

Cargo fumigation: An overview for the maritime sector

Britannia issues cargo fumigation advice
Britannia issues cargo fumigation advice

Britannia P&I Club warns against the risks of cargo fumigation and presents steps people onboard can take in order to mitigate those risks.

Fumigation is an effective approach to eradicate living organisms, such as insects or rodents, and is used to mitigate the transmission of invasive species or phytosanitary risks when transporting an agricultural cargo from one port to another.

Cargo fumigation risks
Both methyl bromide and aluminum phosphide, chemicals used for fumigation, Continue reading “Cargo fumigation: An overview for the maritime sector”

Sampling liquid cargoes properly is vital advises Gard

Gard P&I Club has highlighted the importance of sampling liquid cargoes properly
Gard P&I Club has highlighted the importance of sampling liquid cargoes properly

Gard P&I Club Gard P&I Club has highlighted the importance of sampling liquid cargoes properly to protect shipowners’ interests to protect shipowners’ interests, particularly when allegations of cargo contamination arise.

Cameron Livingstone, Claims Executive, Arendal and Robert Skaare, Senior Claims Adviser, Arendal have highlighted that if a cargo is found to be “off-spec” when the vessel arrives at the discharge port, and there is no evidence of contamination from the load port, the vessel could be faced with a potentially large claim even if the vessel is not at fault. Continue reading “Sampling liquid cargoes properly is vital advises Gard”

Grains and soya beans cargo claims review

This overview of cargo claims has been provided by The Swedish Club

The Swedish Club has released a detailed analysis of cargo claims in relation to grains and soya beans having reviewed 200 bulk carrier claims. To be included in the statistics the claims had to have generated a cost of at least $5,000 and have been made between 2018 and 2022.

The average frequency for the five-year period is 0.056, which means that 5.6% of all bulk carriers have made a grain claim. Since 2019 the Club has seen a steady increase in the frequency of claims. Continue reading “Grains and soya beans cargo claims review”

Loading scrap metal warning issued

Issues with loading scrap metal highlighted
Issues with loading scrap metal highlighted

Following increases in the issues with loading scrap metal cargo and its carriage, NorthStandard P&I Club has highlighted the need for extra vigilance.

The IMSBC Code states that scrap metal should be kept as dry as possible before loading and not loaded in the rain. The main reason for this is that when scrap metal is wet it will accelerate the oxidisation process. Should the cargo contain swarf, turnings, or other contaminants such as timber or rags, this can lead to fire.

From various recent incidents and reports, NorthStandard attributes the causes of these incidents are due to a combination of factors:
– The cargo is sprayed on loading: Stevedores or longshoremen may spray the cargo on load to reduce dust generation. Continue reading “Loading scrap metal warning issued”

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