Month: May 2019

Death by Bulk Cargo Liquefaction: don’t become a statistic!

Risk Bulletins

INTERCARGO is a well-known London based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that represents the interests of bulk carrier owners. Its latest Bulk Carrier Casualty Report 2009 - 2018 has just been released. The Report analyses the likely root causes of 48 bulk carrier losses (over 10,000 DWT) during the past decade.

Life Raft Hydrostatic Release Units (HRUs): properly fitted and functioning?

Risk Bulletins

One of the main benefits of liferafts is that even if the seas are too rough to launch a ship’s lifeboats or a ship is listed too heavily for its lifeboat davits to function, the crew will still be provided with a means of escaping a sinking vessel. The other very positive feature is that a liferaft fitted with a Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) will automatically release, float free and inflate even if a ship should suddenly break up or capsize.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): the final safety barrier

Risk Bulletins

Ships are large, heavy duty sea transport machines. They are known to be hazardous places in which to both work and live. In such an environment, the provision and habitual use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential. Regrettably, the feedback from P&I and other surveyors is that PPE is often not being used properly or consistently by ships’ crews.