London Club Warns Of Trinidad DRI Explosion Hazards

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Sep 112011

A Trinidadian company has been trying to ship HBI Fines. now known as DRI C, without complying with the mandatory requirements of the IMSBC Code warns the London P&I Club in its latest edition of it StopLoss bulletin.

Says the club: “Long-standing concerns about the carriage of Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) increased significantly after casualties on the Marshall Islands flagged Ythan in 2004. A chemical reaction between the DRI C cargo and water contained therein resulted in the production of hydrogen, which accumulated under the hatch covers before igniting and exploding. Industry concerns led to the introduction of specific provisions for the carriage of DRI C in the IMSBC Code.
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International P&I Issues Calcium Hypochlorite Warning

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May 282011

Watch what it says on the tin. Photo: The Swedish Club

Several cargo fires have apparently been caused by self-ignition of Calcium Hypochlorite, a powerful oxidising agent, including Hanjin Pennsylvania, CMA Djakarta, DG Harmony, Sea Elegance and last year’s Charlotte Maersk incident. Now the International Group of P&I Clubs has issued a Frequency Asked Questions, FAQ, on the chemical through its members.

Says Det Norsk Veritas: “Container fires have received a lot of press coverage in recent years. Huge fires have caused big ships to be abandoned and lost, such as the Hanjin Pennsylvania in November 2002, and the Hyundai Fortune in 2006. The fires are often associated with problem cargoes like calcium hypochlorite, an oxidizing agent that will self ignite under given conditions. Extinguishing such fires can be a real problem as oxygen is released by the substance when burning, making the fire self sustaining”. Continue reading »

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 »