LOC London held its latest breakfast briefing on Wednesday 19 July. The event which started with a networking breakfast was attended by guests from P&I clubs, maritime lawyers and insurers.
The presentation IMO Update on Bulk Cargo Hazards was given by Aime Harrison and Diego Cerquenich and addressed liquefaction in bulk cargoes. Aime has been a Technical Expert to the IMO for the last six years, reviewing the research undertaken by the Iron Ore Fines Technical Working Group as well as the Global Bauxite Working Group. Her presentation examined the latest recommendations for the carriage of Group A bauxite cargoes and amendments to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code.
With pictures to highlight the wide difference in bauxite from different parts of the world, she explained the IMO’s latest recommendations and amendments to the Code. She highlighted the tests conducted and discussed the difference between the Flow Moisture Point and the Transportable Moisture Limit.
Diego Cerquenich then discussed the practical issue involved in shipping bulk cargoes. Using his experience as a master, he explained the realities of transporting a cargo with a high possibility of liquefaction. Issues addressed included:
- the pressures on a master to load the cargo and sail;
- whether tests can accurately indicate the condition of 150,000 tonnes of bulk cargo left uncovered in a shipyard in all weather conditions;
- the importance of proper trimming of the cargo;
- the problems in a local port to re-stow a poorly loaded or displaced cargo which may involve stevedores shoveling for days when the master is keen and under pressure to get underway; and
- whether refusing to carry a cargo, which looks to have a higher moisture content than is safe or correctly certificated, when armed guards arrive to ‘assist’, is actually an option.
The briefing was both interesting and accessible and was extremely well received by the attendees.
The next London breakfast briefing is scheduled for Wednesday 13 September. The topic will be An Introduction to Fixed and Floating Object Damage and will be delivered by LOC marine civil engineers Keith Charles and Mark Ball.