Aug 152010

Map pictureNEPIA, the North of England P&I Club warns: “It has come to our attention that cargoes being loaded from ports in Indonesia and described as ‘bulk iron ore’ or ‘iron ore lumps’ have given rise to problems with apparent cargo liquefaction.

It appears that the cargo being offered is in fact a relatively new cargo for export called lateritic iron ore which does not fit the description of iron ore under the IMSBC Code. This cargo can have a large proportion of fine particles combined with lumps and may liquefy if sufficiently moist. It would appear that in this respect it may prove difficult to test for flow moisture point in a similar way to nickel ore cargoes.

There have also been difficulties obtaining an appropriate shipper’s declaration for the cargo offered for shipment.

Members are reminded that, under the SOLAS and the IMSBC Code, for cargoes that may liquefy the shipper shall supply an appropriate shipper’s declaration before the cargo is loaded.

The declaration should properly identify the cargo, be contemporaneous, includ

e particle size, state FMP, state moisture content and state TML. Even where the declaration is in order the vessel should continue to be vigilant as to the condition of the cargo being loaded.

Members are urged to exercise caution when fixing to load, or loading cargoes, described as iron ore or iron ore lumps in Indonesian ports.

Please click here to access our loss prevention briefings on liquefaction and nickel ore.

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