Unsafe Ships More Prone To Piracy

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Jun 252011

Ships that score higher numbers of deficiencies for each port state control inspection are less likely to be able to fight off pirates suggests the latest edition of Intercargo’s Benchmarking Bulk Carriers 2010-11. The findings from the fifth annual statistical survey are not surprising: issues such as lack of situational awareness,  inadequate lookouts, lack of use of available information, under-manning  and not following procedures are as much a characteristic of pirate hijackings as they are of maritime accidents.

While ships entered with Intercargo performed better than industry averages, according to a statement by the organisation, there are concerns related to safety. A reverse of industry consolidation means there are now 1536 dry bulk companies compared to 1313 a year previously and The growth of shipping flagged or owned in China means that 50.01 per cent of all dry bulk shipping is now Asian. Greater flag consolidation means that nearly 93% of the fleet is now under just 11 flags.

However, that growth has introduced new players and, says Intercargo: “There is potential for inexperienced companies to adversely impact on safety trends”. Continue reading »


44 deaths in 39 days – The Unanswered Questions and why seafarers should not be expendable.

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Dec 062010

Ores can liquefy and capsize vessel. Can tests can help photo: Skuld P&I Club

Forty four lost lives in just thirty nine days from three vessel carrying the same cargo is unacceptable, says dry bulk carrier organisation Intercargo, which is calling for an urgent review of testing and safety processes involved in shipping iron and nickel ore following a spate of accidents and fatalities since October.

Iron and nickel ores can liquefy if too much moisture is present. Stockpiles exposed to seasonal rains may appear ‘dry’ but still contain sufficient moisture for cargoes resulting in a slurry that can produce a free-surface effect which can make a vessel unstable and cause a capsize so rapid there is little or no time for distress signals to be sent.

Intertanko has called on shippers and cargo interests to “conduct an urgent review into the testing and safety processes involved in shipping the cargo” from a number of countries including India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Continue reading »