Risk Bulletins

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.

Black Smoke From Ship Funnel

MARPOL 2020 Sulphur Cap, Ship Implementation Plans and PSC ‘Early Warning’ Letters

In November 2018, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee approved MEPC.1/Circ.878 , Guidance on the Development of a Ship Implementation Plan for the Consistent Implementation of the 0.50% Sulphur Limit (under MARPOL Annex VI). The requirement for a Ship Implementation Plan (SIP) to be carried on board all ships subject to MARPOL compliance is now the target of an ‘information campaign’ by both the Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU.

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Clean Bills, Dirty Bills and LOI’s – be very careful!

A reminder and a guide to shipowner/carriers on the risks related to a wrongful description of cargo in a Bill of Lading (B/L) as being in “Apparent Good Order and Condition” (i.e. ‘Clean on Board’) when in fact – like the steel coils shown in the above photo – it is not.

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Crew Member using mobile phone on deck

Mobile Phone use as a Navigational Hazard

Warnings about the dangers of mobile phones use when navigating in busy waterways and during pilotage were first recognised over 12 years ago. The most recent incident involves a collision between a tug and barge unit and a large bulk carrier in US waters.

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Nickle ore ship capsizes

Bulk Cargo Dangers – IMSBC Code update in force, 1st Jan 2019

The carriage of dry bulk cargo by sea can be deadly. Loss prevention requires detailed knowledge of the risks and its application by ship managers and crews. The knowledge is contained within the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargo (IMSBC). The Code provides the critical detail inclusive of cargo analysis methodology and safety requirements.

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Container cargo falling from ship

Master / Pilot exchange procedures

The transfer of the conduct (‘the con’) of a vessel from the Master to a Pilot remains a mysterious exercise to most non-seafarers. Regrettably, despite clear IMO Res. A.960 (23) guidance on how this critically important process is to be safely accomplished, it still appears to be a mystery to many Shipmasters and Pilots as well.

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