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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dangerous Goods

IMDG Code Amended

Amendments (37-14) to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code will enter into force on January 1, 2016, and include many editorial and technical changes to the Code’s operational requirements.   The amendments will not affect the dangerous goods certification issued by Lloyd’s Register, which is related to SOLAS regulation II-2/19.   The amendments to the Code include:   Part 1: New and amended definitions as well as a new provision for the carriage of lamps containing dangerous goods.   Part 2: Numerous updates to the classification of substances.   Part 3: Various updates to the Dangerous Goods List, including dividing Column 16 (Stowage and segregation) to provide more detailed information on the requirements under Part 7. Amendment of special provisions SP 961 and SP 962 to provide clarity on the carriage requirements for combustion engines, fuel cell engines and battery-powered engines (UN 3166 and UN 3171).   Part 4: New and amended packing instructions, including special packing provisions for radioactive materials and special provisions for portable tanks.   Part 5: Revised marking, placarding and transportation documentation requirements.   Part 6: New provisions for UN pressure receptacles, updated packing and transportation requirements for radioactive materials, updated marking for intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and a more durable marking requirement for certain portable tanks

International Standards on Transport of Dangerous Goods

The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting in Washington, DC on January 16, 2002. The meeting is for the purpose of discussing the outcome of the 20th session of the United Nation’s Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. 66 Fed. Reg. 66753 Source: HK Law

Incident Reports Involving Lighter Refills

The IMO issued a Circular from the Subcommittee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers (DSC) reporting that inspections of containers loaded with UN1057 – Lighters or Lighter Refills – have shown an increasing number of incidents of explosive gas concentrations caused by leaking lighter fuel. Care should be exercised when handling such containers and checks should be performed when leaks are suspected. DSC/Circ. 23 (HK Law)

DNV Finishes Risk Study for Dutch Inland Waterways

The Dutch have a long history of river transport with large rivers such as the Rijn, Maas and Schelde traversing the country. These waterways are used to carry a wide diversity of goods including dangerous substances within the Netherlands and to and from Germany and Belgium. Although accidents are rare, the consequences of ship collisions could be great and DNV has been involved ever since the first initiatives were taken to monitor risks

New amendments to the IMDG Code become mandatory

Emblem: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping

 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) brings to notice that the new amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code will become mandatory on 1 January 2016.    The amendments to the IMDG Code contained in Resolution MSC.372(93) Amendments were adopted in May 2014, at IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee 93-rd session, as RS timely informed all the interested parties.  

KR Upgrades KR-CON with Dangerous Goods Search Function

Classification society Korean Register (KR) announced the release of its latest KR-CON software. The essential software tool, now in its 14th edition includes an enhanced and increasingly critical dangerous goods program, which has been developed in-house, as one of its key functions.   KR-CON offers a comprehensive electronic database of International Maritime Organization (IMO) instruments, providing all of the latest IMO Conventions, Codes, Resolutions and Circulars

ABS Is Authorized By USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard has authorized ABS to act on its behalf to issue the Document of Compliance (DOC) for U.S.-flag vessels transporting dangerous goods under SOLAS 74. ABS will hold technical reviews and confirm compliance of these vessels to the statutory requirements. The relationship between the USCG and ABS is demonstrated by the Alternative Compliance Program (ACP) jointly developed with the USCG that allows ABS to perform work historically conducted by the regulatory body.

IMO Will Focus on Security Issues at the MSC

IMO Will Focus on Security Issues Security issues to fore at IMO safety meeting Maritime security issues are high on the agenda of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which meets for its 75th session from May 15 to 24 , as Member States prepare for a Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Security scheduled for December 2002, at which any new or amended legislation could be adopted. Other major issues to be tackled include the adoption of proposed amendments to the International Convention for

GL Updates Inland Nav Rules

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To ensure the continuing safety and promote the efficiency of inland waterway transport, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has released an update to the GL Rules for Inland Navigation Vessels (INV).   The update to the rules came into effect on 1 November 2011 and consists of rules for: classification and surveys; hull design and construction; machinery, systems and electricity; and additional requirements for notations.  

Safety Data Sheets for Chemical Tankers

Intertanko, the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) have completed a comprehensive information paper on the requirements for Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Chemical Tankers.   This information paper brings together the regulatory requirements and guidance governing the provision of SDS and outlines the key information that should be

ICTSI Opens CFS in Central Luzon

Located at the NCT-2 premises, SBITC’s container freight station is the first and only facility of its kind in Central Luzon.  With the facility completed, SBITC looks to lure more customers to use Subic Photo ICTSI

Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation (SBITC) recently opened its Dock Container Freight Station (CFS) at the New Container Terminal 2 (NCT 2) of the Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales.   Inaugurated last 7 November, the CFS is the first and only facility of its kind to serve the Central Luzon Market.  Roberto Locsin, SBITC General Manager, led the ribbon-cutting and welcomed partners from Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Bureau of Customs, and ECU Worldwide.  

Safety Insight on Offshore Wind Industry

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 New safety analysis can be used to harmonize safety on board offshore vessels carrying wind turbine technicians. The Danish Maritime Authority is striving to make the International Maritime Organization (IMO) develop international standards.   The Danish Maritime Authority has hosted two workshops with experts from the offshore wind industry at which a safety analysis was made for vessels carrying wind turbine technicians – now, this has resulted in a report.  

ICTSI Subic on Growth Path

Photo:  ICTSI

 International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) new Container Freight Station (CFS) at the Subic Bay Freeport is at the forefront of ensuring the faster movement of goods in the Northern and Central Luzon markets.    The two regions continue to grow, driven by industrial centers like Subic, Clark, Bataan, and Tarlac.   Launched last year, the CFS is one of Subic Bay International Corp.’s (SBITC) value-added services

Hazards of Bauxite on Cargoes

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 New research considered by International Maritime Organization (IMO) this week about the behaviour of an aluminium ore that featured in a high-profile shipping casualty in 2015 could lead to changes in industry rules about how such cargoes should be handled.   IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 4, 11-15 September) this week is considering the latest research results on the potential instability of bauxite when carried as a ship’s cargo.

Losses Impacting Marine Cargo Insurance Market

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Speaking at this year’s IUMI annual conference in Berlin, Nick Derrick, Chairman of IUMI’s Cargo Committee warned that large cargo losses were having a significant impact on the marine insurance sector. The recent incident at the port of Tianjin should, according to Derrick, serve as a “substantial wake-up call to all cargo insurers.” “Tianjin port covers an area of around 125 sq km”, says Derrick

Sweden to Launch MSW for Ship reporting

New routine for ship reporting from 1st October 2015

  On 1 October 2015 the Maritime Single Window (MSW) portal will be launched for reporting of information regarding entry at port. From that date reports that were previously made in SafeSeaNet Sweden (SSNS) will be made in the portal, and simultaneously the reporting system of Port of Gothenburg will be integrated with the MSW. Electronic ship reporting in the MSW portal becomes a reality on 1 October. The technical systems will be deployed in several stages and SSNS and Port of

Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Partner on Dangerous Goods Safety

Hapag-Lloyd’s Berlin Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk Line have agreed to cooperate in increasing the safety of dangerous goods following a meeting today in Hamburg in which Maersk Line showed interest to implement a tracing system similar to Hapag-Lloyd’s watchdog program into its business processes.   The watchdog program, together with the Hapag-Lloyd FIS (Freight Information System), continuously examines cargo data to identify anything conspicuous

IMO Amendments Coming into Force on 1 January

-Mandatory audits and other treaty amendments enter into force on 1 January 2016. The updated International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code)  Photo IMO

  A number of important amendments to IMO treaties enter into force on 1 January 2016, including new requirements for verification of compliance, making audits mandatory under the IMO Member State Audit Scheme.   Other amendments entering into force include SOLAS amendments to require inert gas systems on board new oil and chemical tankers of 8,000 dwt and above; the latest amendment to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code; requirements for stability instruments

RS Approves Composite Tank Containers

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has issued Certificates of approval for tank containers made of polymer composite materials (PCM) intended for transportation of aggressive media. The manufacturers of tank containers are JSC “Research and production corporation UralVagonZavod” / Uralcryomash JSC. Issuance of RS documents is a logical end of one and a half year activity of a group consisting of specialists from JSC “Research and production corporation

Hapag-Lloyd Sees Uptick of Incorrectly Declared Dangerous Goods

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Year-on-year increase of 65 percent; more than 4,300 cases worldwide   Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd said it registered considerably more incorrectly declared dangerous goods last year, compared to 2014. The Watchdog program developed jointly by Hapag-Lloyd’s IT and dangerous goods experts – a special safety software that continuously checks cargo data to identify anything conspicuous identified 4,314 incorrectly declared dangerous goods cases last year

New Data Exchange Rules for International Shipping

A new standard relating to the obligation of public authorities to establish systems for the electronic exchange of information is among important changes in the revised Annex to the Facilitation Convention, which is expected to enter into force on January 1, 2018. (Photo: IMO)

Mandatory requirements for the electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers have been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as part of a revised and modernized annex to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), which aims to harmonize procedures for ship’s  arrival, stay and departure from port.   The new standard relating to the obligation of public authorities to establish systems for the electronic

One Business, Two Regulatory Worlds: Handling DOT and GHS Regulations

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) deadlines that went into effect on June 1 and December 1, 2015, respectively, have had a significant impact on U.S. chemical manufacturers and distributors.    By now, all chemicals being shipped by manufacturers and distributors should meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) GHS requirements, as well as the packaging

First Female Deputy Harbor Master at Port of Durban

Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban. (Photo: Philip Wilson)

One of the first three women in Africa to obtain a Marine Pilot open license in 2011, Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban.   Having been selected by TNPA as a development candidate in 2001, Zungu is one of a growing number of women who have been promoted into senior positions through their hard work and dedication

P&I Club warns on Enclosed Space Entry & Testing

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The London P&I Club says it continues to see cases of injuries and fatalities associated with entry into enclosed onboard spaces, including cargo holds on bulk carriers where atmospheres have not been treated as potentially dangerous.   In a recent case, two shore staff were permitted by the ship’s crew to enter the cargo hold of a bulk carrier via the usual means of access. But, due to an atmosphere which did not have sufficient oxygen to support life

Safe Carriage of Dangerous Goods in Containers

Photo: CMA CGM

 The International Group of P&I Clubs and the shipping line members of the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) have recently produced a new set of guidelines for the carriage of calcium hypochlorite in containers.    UK Club risk assessor, David Nichol, discusses why it was considered necessary to update guidance for a cargo with a history of being implicated in ship fires as well as the wider problem of the mis-declaration of dangerous goods.  

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