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.
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.
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%.
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”