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.

Liferaft Secured

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

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.

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Bulk Cargo Liquefaction

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

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.

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Cargo Ship Running Aground

Ship Groundings and Watch Officer Fatigue

Fatigue arises primarily due to sleep deprivation. It constitutes a serious danger to all those who must work long and sometimes erratic hours, especially when night shifts are involved. This Risk Bulletin will look at this recurring problem and the ship management practices required to eliminate the root cause.

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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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