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  • fumigation

    North P&I Club highlights risks of explosions during cargo fumigation

    North P&I Club has published a new loss prevention briefing warning operators of the hazards associated with routine fumigation of agricultural products on ships.The warning follows an explosion of pesticide gases on a panamax vessel, loading corn at Paranagua, Brazil, at the end of December 2015. This resulted in significant structural damage and was one of number of similar incidents reported during the last five years in Brazil and the USA. ...

  • pilot

    UK P&I Club to focus on pilot operations

    The UK P&I Club has issued the second of a series on current risk topics with a focus on Master Pilot Exchange highlighting that good communication and team work are vital during pilot operations. ...

  • 2016_01-MB-Report

    Maritime piracy hotspots persist worldwide despite reductions in key areas

    Piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas is persisting at levels close to those in 2014, despite reductions in the number of ships hijacked and crew captured, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report reveals. ...

  • STCW

    STCW 2010: Employers need to be ready, says ICS

    The transitional period for the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010) comes to an end on 1 January 2017. To prevent last minute certification ‘logjams’, and potential difficulties during Port State Control inspections next year, it is important that maritime employers liaise closely with maritime administrations, says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). ...

  • MSC FLAMINIA

    Lessons learned from MSC Flaminia

    The European Commission presented the new EU operational guidelines for ships in need of assistance. Work on these guidelines started following the MSC Flaminia incident when a fire broke out on board a German-flagged vessel, which was subsequently left adrift on the high seas for weeks until Germany agreed to allow the stricken ship to enter its territorial waters. ...

Latest News

fumigation

How to ensure safe cargo fumigation

North P&I Club has published a new loss prevention briefing warning operators of the hazards associated with routine fumigation of agricultural products on ships and advises on measures to be taken in order to ensure safe process.

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Nigeria

Tanker Troubles in Nigeria

There has been substantial discussion in the press in relation to the difficulties facing commercial parties trying to load oil cargoes in Nigeria. Beth Larkman, Syndicate Associate Claims, Steamship Mutual, provides an overview of the situation.

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Port of Antwerp 2

Port of Antwerp agrees partnership with China’s ICBC

Antwerp Port Authority announced at partnership agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).With this agreement the Port Authority and ICBC plan to seek new opportunities that match the One Belt One Road strategic plan launched by China in autumn 2013. With this project China aims to link its main industrial cities more closely to commercial centres elsewhere in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

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fumigation

North P&I Club highlights risks of explosions during cargo fumigation

North P&I Club has published a new loss prevention briefing warning operators of the hazards associated with routine fumigation of agricultural products on ships.The warning follows an explosion of pesticide gases on a panamax vessel, loading corn at Paranagua, Brazil, at the end of December 2015. This resulted in significant structural damage and was one of number of similar incidents reported during the last five years in Brazil and the USA.

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unmanned ships

Full steam ahead for unmanned ships?

The industry conversation on the topic of unmanned ships has entered turbulent waters. Its proponents say they can deliver the technology – though the initial project groups are only now investigating the subject in any depth – but doubts have been expressed about the regulatory framework that would permit their use.

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