The hidden risks of destructive biological corrosion

An example of biological corrosion
An example of biological corrosion

The IVR Association has published an information document explaining the hidden risks of biological corrosion and providing additional information on how to avoid bacteria that damages ship bilges. The technical leaflet Biological Corrosion focuses on a number of cases where the issue of leaking engine rooms seems to be more and more common as a result of this type of corrosion.

In recent years, an increasing number of cases of leaking engine rooms, caused by very local perforations of the ship’s plating have been noted. This happened despite the recent class renewal in which bottom inspection and thickness measurements showed that the plating was sound. In these cases, investigation reveals that the water ingress is by very local corrosion perforations. Continue reading “The hidden risks of destructive biological corrosion”

UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2019 reveals a fall in maritime trade growth

UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2019
UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2019

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published the Review of Maritime Transport 2019 study, presenting in it a fall in maritime trade growth. The report highlights trade policy crosscurrents, geopolitics and sanctions, environmental worries, fuel economics and tensions regarding the Strait of Hormuz, all of which have contributed to slower growth in merchandise trade.

World maritime trade lost its momentum in 2018 due to increased uncertainty, rising tariff tensions between the US and China, as well as concerns regarding other trade policy and political crosscurrents. These relate to a no-deal Brexit, which sent waves through global markets, according to UNCTAD’s Review of Maritime Continue reading “UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2019 reveals a fall in maritime trade growth”

MCA: Public consultation – Seafarer Safety and Health: Carcinogens and Mutagens

MCA release public consultation
MCA release public consultation

The MCA have released a  public consultation exercise about the amendments to the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Carcinogens and Mutagens) Regulations 2007.

“The changes add to and amend workplace exposure limits on a number of carcinogens. In addition, the Regulations require an employer to continue offering health surveillance where a seafarer or worker has been exposed to a carcinogen and a medical practitioner recommends health surveillance should continue beyond the end of their employment.”

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Ballast Water Management Convention amendments enter into force

The Ballast Water Management Convention amendments formalizing the implementation schedule for the D-2 standard have entered into force on October 13.

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (the BWM Convention) entered into force in 2017. The amendments formalize an implementation schedule to ensure ships manage their ballast water to meet a specified standard (D-2 standard) aimed at ensuring that viable organisms are not released into new sea areas. They also make mandatory the Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems which sets out how ballast water management systems used to achieve the D-2 standard have to be assessed and approved.

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