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Swedish P&I Club launches quick reference guide on cargo fires and explosions

A quick reference guide on cargo fires and explosions has been published by the Swedish P&I Club
A quick reference guide on cargo fires and explosions has been published by the Swedish P&I Club

The Swedish P&I Club has published an excellent quick reference guide about the causes and prevention of cargo fires and explosions onboard. The guide focuses on self-heating. It explains the principles of self-heating as well as investigating several types of cargo fires and explosions, including those in vessels such as bulk cargoes, containers and tankers.

When a fire breaks out on board a vessel there is no fire service ready to assist in extinguishing it. So it is up to the crew themselves to manage and deal with the issue. The consequences can be catastrophic. All those who have worked on board a vessel are aware of the difficulties involved with managing a fire and the crucial importance of fire prevention.

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Manhole cover leakage leads Steamship Mutual to issue an alert

Photo credit: Steamship Mutual P&I Club
Photo credit: Steamship Mutual P&I Club

The Steamship Mutual P&I Club has published an alert following a spate of claims for cargo damage and other liabilities that have been caused by leakage from the manhole covers of either ballast or bunker tanks.

In some of the most recent cases, the manhole covers had either been left completely unattached, or were improperly fitted allowing leakage into the adjacent cargo hold when the tank was filled.

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Lessons learnt from bunker fuel contamination incident highlighted by UK P&I Club

The UK P&I Club has issued guidance about a bunker fuel contamination incident which occurred onboard a general cargo ship during loading a bulk cargo. The Club has, provided details of what happened and highlights the important lessons learned.

This vessel was loading a bulk cargo in two of the vessel’s lower holds. During the loading operation, the vessel bunkered 500 MT of HFO into no.’s 2 port and starboard fuel oil side tanks. Shortly after the completion of bunkering operations, the Chief Engineer (C/E) noticed the level of no.2 port fuel oil tank was decreasing from observation of the remote gauging system.

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Dangers of carrying nickel ore cargo from Indonesia and the Philippines highlighted

Risks of carrying nickel ore cargo from Indonesia and the Philippines highlighted by West P&I Club
Risks of carrying nickel ore cargo from Indonesia and the Philippines highlighted by West P&I Club

The West of England P&I Club has highlighted the mandatory notification requirements surrounding the perils of carrying nickel ore cargo from both Indonesia and the Philippines, ensuring that the necessary related safety measures are in place to comply with the IMSBC Code requirements. The Club explains the implications and advises all operators to take the necessary measures to mitigate these risks where possible. The Club says this may necessitate the appointment of a local surveyor to assist the Master.

“In accordance with the Club’s bye-laws, Members are required to notify the Managers before agreeing to carry a nickel ore cargo to ensure that they are fully acquainted with the risks beforehand and so that any concerns regarding the contractual terms of carriage may be addressed. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Managers, Members are also required to appoint a surveyor at the load port to provide assistance to the Master. Failure to fulfil these requirements may prejudice cover.” The Club says in a statement.

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The Standard Club P&I Club publishes a guide to enclosed space entry

The Standard P&I Club says that investigation into enclosed space related casualties has shown that most are caused by poor training and knowledge of the correct entry procedures, or a total disregard for them. As a consequence, the Club has published a comprehensive guide to address all key issues and to help anyone to enter enclosed spaces safely. The Standard P&I Club guide highlights shortfalls in individual company procedures in equipment, training and onboard practices.

Firstly, Standard Club enlists incidents related to enclosed spaces which have been already reported to the Club, illustrating different ways in which a seafarer can put himself in danger in these areas onboard. Analysis of these incidents have helped the Club to address key factors that contribute to enclosed space incidents as follows:
• poor training
• failure to follow proper procedures for enclosed space entry
• failure to recognise the danger of an enclosed space
• tendency to trust physical senses and forego testing or checks
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