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North of England P&I Club Updates Guide

The ‘A’ rated, 75 million GT North of England P&I club has updated its comprehensive guide to stowage and securing of non-bulk cargo items. Co-authored by Charles Bliault of international marine consultancy Brookes Bell, the 2nd edition of Cargo Stowage and Securing: A Guide to Good Practice* is set to play a significant role in helping shipowners reduce the rising tide high-value cargo claims.The new 112-page edition substantially updates and extends the original edition published in 2003, particularly with regard to stowage of containers. Other types of cargo covered in detail in the guide include break-bulk, steel, project cargo, ro-ro items and timber. The object of the publication is to increase seafarers’ knowledge of the forces action upon cargo items so they can better understand and plan for the stowage and securing arrangements necessary to keep cargoes safe during the voyage. North of England has distributed copies to all appropriate types of entered ships and members around the world. Non-members can buy copies from marine bookshops or directly from the club’s distributor Anchorage Press,

Great Ships - Stolt Sea, Stolt Sun

Astilleros Españoles Sestao and Juliana yards have delivered the first two vessels of an inventive series of six stainless steel product/chemical carriers, Stolt Sea and Stolt Sun, both of which have joined the fleet of Stolt Parcel Tankers — the world's largest operator of its kind. One of the most outstanding features of the series of ships is their capability of simultaneously carrying a wide variety of cargoes. Made possible by an extremely compartmentalized cargo arrangement

New Guide Aims to Demystify Cargo Ventilation

The 'A' rated 65 million GT North of England P&I club has published a new guide for its members and the wider shipping industry on how to avoid problems and disputes arising from incorrect usage of natural and mechanical hold-ventilation systems on cargo ships. According to North of England's risk-management manager Tony Baker, “Even experienced mariners are sometimes uncertain of when to ventilate cargo spaces, and the situation is often further confused by the demands of charterers

Videotel: Effective Training Will Avert Tregedy


VIDEOTEL Calls for effective training and regulation to avoid tragedy when shipping dangerous bulk cargoes.   Whatever the cause of the recent loss of the Vinalines Queen and crew, the message for the industry is a stark one – greater enforcement of the regulations laid down in the IMSBC (International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargo) code is essential, together with effective training for shipowners and crews to deal with what can be the catastrophic effects of an unsafe cargo

Great Ship - Silver River

Designed for the economical, international and ecological transport of oil and chemicals, Silver River, constructed by German-based Lindenau was delivered to one of the largest Chinese shipowners - China Changjiang Shipping Group on June 26, 1999. Classed by Germanischer Lloyd as a Chemical/Oil Tanker, the vessel is the third out of a four-part series built within 1.5 years by Lindenau. This newbuilding, which joined its sister vessel Gold River delivered on March 1, 1999

Resolving A Contamination Claim In West Africa

Photo courtesy of BMT Surveys

Dennis de Bruin, Marine Director at BMT Surveys, describes what a surveyor can do to turn an apparent total loss of high quality fuel into the acceptance of a sound product. Shipping is a global business and the obstacles and challenges faced are often demanding. Hence knowledge, experience and personal contacts are essential to resolve problems. These challenges can be due to geography, e.g. the remoteness of places, the complexity of cargo, local politics and lack of equipment or

Column: Advance Notices of Arrival

Since the seminal events of September 11, 2001, it seems like every U.S. federal agency concerned with maritime commerce has enhanced its requirements relating to advance notices of arrival for ships, cargoes, and persons coming to the United States. One federal agency mariners had largely ignored also dipped its toes in these waters, only to withdraw, at least for the moment. This article will provide an overview of current federal requirements relating to advance notices of arrival

Bulk Cargo IMSBC Code Requirements

A review of recent incidents has highlighted a failure of not only ship’s crew, but also charterers and shippers, to comply with the mandatory requirements of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code. The IMSBC Code became mandatory for all SOLAS vessels carrying solid bulk cargoes from January 1, 2011. The operators of these vessels must ensure that cargoes are loaded and carried in accordance with the requirements of the IMSBC Code to maintain the structural

Spain Reported for Port Labor Hiring

The European Commission decided to refer Spain to the EU Court of Justice over its rules on hiring port lab our in several Spanish ports. Currently, cargo-handling companies in these ports are not allowed to resort to the market to employ their staff. On the contrary, the rules in place oblige cargo-handling companies to participate financially in the capital of private companies, which in turn provide them with the required workforce

Reefer Trade Appears Unstoppable

Graphics Source: Drewry Maritime Research, Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review

 Despite a variety of adverse economic and climatic conditions, perishable reefer cargo growth appears unstoppable, according to Drewry’s latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast.   Worldwide perishable reefer trade increased by 1.8% in 2014 – reaching almost 190 million tonnes. Although this was barely half of the growth seen in 2013 it nevertheless represented a continuing growth pattern

MacGregor Hatch Covers for Six Boxships from Japan

Hatch cover courtesy MacGregor

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract for the design and delivery of key components and the fabrication of steel structures for the hatch covers on board six 14,000 TEU container vessels under construction at Japan Marine United's (JMU) Kure shipyard

Search for Ship Lost in Hurricane a Big Challenge


Deep seas may complicate efforts to find the sunken U.S. cargo ship lost off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said, as a search and rescue mission for 32 missing crew stretched into a sixth day. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived on

Weak Capesize Rates Depress Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday on weak demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels

USCG Search for Missing Crew of El Faro

Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Monday night, covering a total search area of more than 160,574 square nautical miles.  While searching in the vicinity of the ships last known position 35 nautical miles northeast of Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the Coast Guard located a deceased person in a survival suit in the water.  A heavily damaged life boat with markings consistent with those on board the El Faro was also located Sunda

  Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Monday night, covering a total search area of more than 160,574 square nautical miles. While searching in the vicinity of the ship's last known position 35 nautical miles northeast

Baltic Index Slips as Demand Falls

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Monday as demand dropped across all vessel categories. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax

USCG: Body Found in Search for Ship Sunk in Hurricane

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday said its crews had found a body and an empty, heavily damaged lifeboat in their search for the cargo ship El Faro, believed to have sunk after going missing off the Bahamas in Hurricane Joaquin. Rescuers are no longer looking for the ship

Hunt for Missing El Faro Ship Enters 4th day, Hopes Fade

Photo courtesy of Tote Service

Search and rescue teams resumed scouring the seas on Monday for the missing cargo ship El Faro and it mostly American crew, after it was caught in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin four days ago, the U.S. Coast Guard said. More than 70,000 square nautical miles have been searched so far

USCG: Missing Cargo Ship El Faro Believed to Have Sunk

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The U.S. Coast Guard now believes that the missing cargo ship El Faro sank after sailing into the path of Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, a spokesman said on Monday. Rescuers continue to search for survivors, said Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash in Miami.

Adani Ports, L&T Ink Pact for Kattupalli Port Operations

Image: L&T Ports Katupalli

 Adani Ports  has entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with L&T Shipbuilding Limited (L&T) for evaluating the operations of the port at Kattupalli, Tamil Nadu, with effect from October 1, 2015 for a period of one month.  

Transatlantic Eastbound Rates Fall

Photo: CMA CGM

 Transatlantic eastbound chemical freight rates dropped slightly this week on a continued lull in the spot market, ICIS reports  brokers as saying. It was the second drop in as many weeks.   The latest SSY Base Oil Shipping Report noted that eastbound rates “took a tumble

Life Ring Found from Cargo Ship Missing off Bahamas

A life ring has been found from the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing on Thursday after sailing through Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Twitter on Saturday. The Coast Guard did not say where the life ring had been found

MARAD to Fund Study on LNG Conversions

Midnight Sun will be converted to dual fuel LNG propulsion starting in December 2015 (Photo: TOTE)

MARAD provides funding to further study LNG as marine fuel for containerships The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it has entered a $900,000 cooperative agreement with Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. (TOTE) to study the costs and benefits of converting vessel to liquefied natural

Subic Port Container Volumes Double

Pic: Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

 The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said that the volume of container cargo handled the Port of Subic between January and August nearly doubled year on year.   SBMA Chairman Roberto V. Garcia said container volume at the Port of Subic has already reached 83

P&I Clubs Welcome Changes on Container Weighing

UK P&I Club, a shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, and TT Club, an  international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider, have welcomed the amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Impacted by China Holidays

Weak holiday demand to pressure rates lower. Rebound seen after China returns to market on Oct 8. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could come under pressure next week as lower cargo volumes due to holidays in China thwart shipowners efforts to push rates higher, ship brokers said.

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