Silver nitrate testing of cargo holds for carriage of steel cargoes

American Club has noted that silver nitrate testing for the presence of sodium chloride (salt) in cargo holds prior to loading was an important practice to prevent claims for damage to steel cargoes. The Club emphasized that, as part of the standard pre-load survey for transporting steel cargoes, “vessel cargo hold tank tops, adjacent sides,…

Movement of Ukrainian seaborne grain recovers

Seaborne Ukrainian grain flows via the Black Sea increased during the week January 16th to 22nd, with volumes up 82% week-on-week to 893,874 tonnes. Also increasing was the average cargo size, which was now trending at the highest levels since the start of the safe passage agreement in July 2022, according to an analysis of…

Marine accident round-up : 27th January 2023

General cargo ship Peak Skorpo (IMO 9190353) was reported to have run aground whilst navigating the Nakskov Fjord, Denmark on January 23rd. Claims company WK Webster understood that the local Authorities were controlling the response to this casualty. As of January 26th the vessel was underway again, travelling from Kaksov, Denmark (departed January 25th) to…

Two dead, nine missing after ship sinks off Japan

As many as 11 crew were feared dead after 9,484 dwt general cargo ship Jin Tian (IMO 9578713) sank in icy waters between South Korea and Japan early on Wednesday January 25th local time. Winds were fierce at the time, according to the Japanese Coast Guard said, adding that it continued to search for survivors….

Chinese freighter runs aground on Japanese coral reef

Chinese general cargo ship Xin Hai Zhou 2 (IMO 9507104) ran aground on a giant coral reef just off the Japanese island of Ishigaki, an outpost in Okinawa Prefecture that is located about 125nm east of Taiwan. The vessel became disabled early in the morning of January 24th local time and drifted aground between Ishigaki…

Changes to Solid Bulk Cargoes Code takes effect this year

Standard Club has reported that voluntary compliance with the amended International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC) could be in place for some before the end of the month, (provided that this is allowed by the relevant national governments); Global mandatory compliance is due to come into force from December this year. The amendments will…

Risks of in-transit fumigation – phosphine gas explosions

Gard recently published an article focusing on the toxicity of phosphine gas and the potential danger this posed to the crew when agricultural bulk cargoes and forestry products were undergoing in-transit fumigation with aluminium phosphide. In that article Gard briefly mentioned another potential hazard that could arise at the initial stage of the process –…

Marine accident round-up : 26th January 2023

General cargo ship Tuzla (IMO 7920364) was reported to have been hit by a missile on January 24th while at Kherson port anchorage, Dnieper river, Ukraine. The ship’s bridge was burned out, according to Turkish news outlet Veryansin TV, citing the ship’s Master. The Tuzla has been anchored at Kherson since February 24th 2022. There…

Is Singapore importing, blending, re-exporting Russian oil?

A Bloomberg report has noted that demand for oil storage tanks in Singapore was currently soaring, which it claimed was an indication that Russian crude and fuel was being blended and re-exported globally. The report said that tank space in Singapore was being “snapped up” because of an increase in interest and profits from mixing…

Tianjin looks to complete port automation to duck any future pandemic

Tianjin, one of the biggest ports in the world, is seeking a completely automated system that would implicitly mean that, internally at least, it would not be impacted by any future pandemic. China’s northern Tianjin port is looking to develop a “digital twin” over the next three to five years, according to Yang Jiemin, vice…