Beware of Any Old Indian Iron

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Jul 252010
 

imageAs the Indian monsoon season starts, the shipping industry once again faces the practical
challenges associated with the export of iron ore fines from Indian ports, says the London P&I Club in its latest Stoploss Bulletin. New guidelines from the Indian government, however, may take the pressure off of shippers to provide certification that a cargo is safe.

Liquefaction of iron ore fines was implicated in the sinking of MV Black Rose in September 2009 with the death of the ship’s chief engineer as he desperately tried to save the vessel. MV Asian Forest, which sank in July 2009 off Mangalore and remains off the Indian coast, was another victim of the same phenomenon. Continue reading »

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 7 September 2009

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Sep 072009
 

15 Filipinos, 4 Koreans rescued from troubled cargo ship
Philippine Star
A Hong Kong maritime accident monitoring center asked the local coast guard to start a search and rescue after receiving a distress call from the Hera,

Turkish bulk carrier Gulser Ana aground off Madagascar
Madagascar, 7 September – The Turkish bulk carrier GULSER ANA (23,602-gt, built 1985) went aground off the Madagascan coast at Faux Cap, the ship’s operator has announced.
According to the operator, Mardeniz Denizcilik of Istanbul, all 23 seafarers on board have been safely rescued by the Madagascan coast guard and taken ashore uninjured.

Dramatic rescue of fishermen off southern Cape coast
In a dramatic rescue off the Cape south coast on Sunday the National Sea Rescue Institute was involved in a search and rescue operation after two eye-witnesses noticed a single red distress flare out at sea off Riebok, which is approximately halfway between Mossel Bay and Glentana.

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Unwanted Cargo Sinks Ship

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Jul 232009
 
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Master's might need iron resolution to avoid the Asian Forest's fate

“Just say ‘no’” says the North of England P&I Club apparently in response to the sinking of the China-bound general cargo ship Asian Forest off the Indian coast on 17 July. It is suspected that her foundering, without loss of life, was due to the liquefaction of her cargo of iron ore fines, already rejected by another vessel.

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