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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, www.anchoragepress.co.uk.


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


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


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

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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


OCIMF Encourages Adoption of Inert Gas Systems

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The Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) latest information paper, released on March 13, addresses the use of inert gas for the carriage of flammable oil cargoes.    In the paper, titled Inert Gas Systems: the use of inert gas for the carriage of flammable oil cargoes, OCIMF fully supports the IMO introduction (from January 1, 2016) of the mandatory fitting to new build tankers 8,000 DWT and over, of an inert gas system when carrying flammable cargoes.  


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


Resolving A Contamination Claim In West Africa

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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


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


New cargoes added to the IMSBC Code

Amendments to the IMSBC Code schedules. Table: North of England P&I Club

 In June 2015 the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee adopted Resolution MSC.393(95) and amendments to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code.  Administrations may choose to apply the amendments on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2016.     However, the amendments will only become mandatory from 1 January 2017. A brief summary of the major changes to the Code can be found here.  


Nor-Lines, Rolls-Royce Sign Service Agreement

Photos courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Nor Lines and Rolls-Royce have signed a “Power-by-the-Hour” service agreement for the two vessels Kvitbjørn and Kvitnos. The new service offering harnesses the power of “big data” to monitor, plan and perform maintenance and repairs on all the equipment it has


Weak Demand Drags Down Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell to its lowest in nearly three months on Wednesday on weaker demand across all vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


New Orleans Joins Cold Treatment Pilot Program

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The Port of New Orleans announced a new opportunity for shippers looking to transport perishable cargo from South America. Port NOLA received approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for inclusion in the Southeast U.S. In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program


Piracy Comes Back in Somalia

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 Piracy in Somalia is making a comeback and the Gulf of Guinea remains the world’s most active hotspot for crew kidnappings,  UK Chamber of Shipping said quoting latest data.   The report said that during the first three months of 2017


POSCO Seeks June LNG Cargo via Tender

South Korea's POSCO is seeking a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo for delivery on June 26 to 30 via tender, trade sources with knowledge of the tender said on Friday.   The tender will close on May 22, the sources added. (Reporting by Mark Tay; Editing by Christian


UK Chamber of Shipping Lobbies for SMarT Plus

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 The UK Chamber of Shipping has contacted over 800 parliamentary candidates from around the country, asking them to back its campaign for enhanced support for maritime training.   The proposal, called SMarT Plus, would see a doubling in government support to GBP 30 million a year


Weaker Panamax Rates Weigh on Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index fell slightly on Monday, as sliding panamax rates offset gains in capesize earnings.   The Baltic index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, was down for the sixth straight session.  


CrowdStrike: Countering Maritime’s ‘Invisible Pirates’

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“Maritime has been described as ‘the next playground for hackers,’” said John Titmus, Director, EMEA - Cybersecurity Strategy Advisor at cyber security specialist CrowdStrike. “It’s an industry revolving around high value assets, moving valuable cargoes


Cyber Vigilance at Sea: The New Norm

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The risk of cyber attacks on vessels at sea continues to be significant, and it’s not going away any time soon. Each year, it seems, there are more and more reports of hacks that have resulted in loss of critical data, financial loss or problems with IT systems or shipborne systems


Panama Frees Vessel Held in Western Sahara Claim

Panama authorities have released a Moroccan phosphate shipment from the disputed Western Sahara territory after it was temporarily held by a legal challenge from the Polisario independence movement, officials said on Monday.   The vessel was held on May 18 and is the second tanker carrying


ASCO's New Service to Arctic Ocean

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 The Russian Arctic Shipping Company (ASCO) operates between the port of Antwerp and the Arctic region of Russia.    Its ice-reinforced vessels with a capacity of 7,000 to 12,000 tonnes will mainly carry project cargo. The company operates six vessels


OSC Launches VLCC Chartering Business

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Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has officially set up a new commercial chartering desk offering its Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCCs) to major traders and charterers covering VLCC routes worldwide.   OSC, one of the biggest ship owners in the MENA region


UK P&I Club Advises on Charterparties in Bills of Lading

Amanda Hastings, Claims Executive at UK P&I Club, comments on incorporation of charterparties into bills of lading. The issue of incorporation of charterparties into bills of lading is debated by the English courts on a fairly frequent basis; most recently in the Anna Bo (2015) and the


Weaker Vessel Rates Weigh on Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the seventh session on Tuesday, weighed down by falling rates for most vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


McDonough Launches M 2820 Barge

Photo: McDonough Marine Service

McDonough Marine Service has launched its latest barge design series at the Westport Orange Shipyard in Orange, Texas. The M 2820 (282’L x 54’W x 12’6”H, with 3,000 lbs/sq.ft. deck load rating) was delivered on-schedule






 
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