Risk Bulletins allows Maritime Mutual members to keep informed about changes that impact on Maritime Insurance. Keeping up-to-date provides our members with greater opportunity to understand their obligations and minimise risk situations.
Tug and cargo barge units are designed to provide low cost and uncomplicated water transport. The ton mile operating cost of such units is certainly economical. However, tug and barge operations present some complex challenges in relation to their navigational safety. The consequences of getting it wrong can be both severe and very costly.
The term ‘Self-Mooring’ describes a situation where a crew member is required to step (sometimes jump) ashore onto a jetty or to the deck of another vessel to attach a mooring line to a bollard or cleat.... This Risk Bulletin is intended to raise the awareness of Member’s who operate tugs, barges and other small vessels to the significant risks which can arise during ‘Self-Mooring’.
Ready access to reliable and up to date guidelines on safe working practices, inclusive of their implementation, is essential for all industries. Such guidelines and their effective and consistent application are even more critical to seafarers who work in a relatively high risk and often remote environment.
A recent spate of 2020-21 attacks on and seizures of commercial vessels transiting the Arabian/Persian Gulf, Straits of Hormuz, Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea (the Gulf Area), have escalated concern amongst both shipping industry organisations and western naval intelligence. Advice on the nature and position of these on-going incidents will be provided in this Risk Bulletin with a focus on raising the awareness of Members who may be trading in these areas.
The carriage on board of an updated copy of the IMSBC Code 2020 Edition is mandatory for all vessels regulated by the SOLAS Convention that carry solid bulk cargoes other than grain... This Risk Bulletin will discuss the latest amendments to the IMSBC Code with a view to raising Member awareness, ensuring regulatory compliance and optimising risk ship and crew safety.
Vegetable/Palm Oil is usually transported in the international trades on board chemical tankers with stainless steel or coated tanks in segmented parcels. In the domestic and short sea trades it is often carried in smaller and less sophisticated tankers with mild steel and uncoated tanks. The risk of next cargo contamination due to inadequate previous cargo tank cleaning exists in both trades, along with the risk of regulatory non-compliance due to improper tank washings disposal to the sea.
Ship to Ship Transfers (STS) of bulk liquid cargoes are a common occurrence in the shipping industry. However, the fact that two vessels will be need to be secured alongside each other during an STS operation, usually while at anchor but sometimes while underway, creates some uncommon close proximity risks.
The European Union’s (EU) Ship Recycling Regulation (SRR) No 1257/2013 came into force in Dec 2013. The SSR (Art. 5 and 12) requirement which all MM Members need to be aware of is that they must have on board an approved Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) together with a Statement of Compliance (SoC). This requirement will come into force on 1 Jan 2021 for all EU registered ships and for all foreign flag ships entering an EU port.
Chemical tankers transport a wide variety of chemical types. The risks of cargo admixture due to leaking cross over valves or last cargo tank residue contamination due to inadequate pre-load cleaning therefore always exist. This Risk Bulletin focuses on the cargo tank cleaning and associated tank cleanliness risk ...