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.

Tug and barge units provide a relatively simple and low-cost method of transporting dry bulk, liquid and container cargoes, typically over domestic trade routes. However, these benefits need to be considered against a number of associated stability and safety risks. This Risk Bulletin is intended to raise awareness of tug stability regulations and hazards and recommend practical loss prevention measures.
Ship capsize incidents are often due to inadequate ship stability caused by a sudden and unplanned rise in the ship’s Centre of Gravity (CoG). Tragic consequences include injury, death, pollution and total loss of ship and cargo. All ships are exposed to this potential danger but some ship types and trades are much more exposed than others.
In today’s highly regulated shipping environment, members sometimes voice their concerns about the amount of time and effort spent on facilitating shipboard inspections by flag state, class, port state control, charterers and their insurers . Why are all of these separate and apparently similar surveys necessary?
Inadequate cyber security in the shipping industry continues to pose a significant risk to ship, crew and cargo safety and shipowner reputation and profitability. IMO Resolution MSC.428(98), Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems encourages flag states to ensure that procedures for the control of cyber risks are included in existing ISM Code Safety Management Systems (SMS).
Voyage planning is an essential ship, crew and cargo safety process which has long been mandated through IMO Conventions. This Risk Bulletin aims to raise awareness of shipowners, their ship managers and masters of the serious losses, inclusive of groundings and pollution, which may result from failures of Voyage Planning.
Asbestos is a material classified by The World Health Organisation (WHO) as a Group 1 carcinogenic agent. As such, the existence of asbestos onboard a ship constitutes a serious hazard to ship crews, shipboard equipment installers, repairers and other visitors. This Risk Bulletin is aimed at raising awareness of the SOLAS amendments that now prohibit asbestos onboard all ships built after 1 July 2002 and control its use on ships built before this date.
The COVID-19 virus (previously referred to as Novel Coronavirus) is now at the World Health Organization (WHO) defined ‘Pandemic’ stage and its human and economic impacts are proving to be extreme. This Risk Bulletin No. 25 aims to assist MM members, their ship managers and masters by updating the advice contained in MM’s RB No. 23.
A frequent cause of cargo damage and large claims is the leakage of water from the internal piping installed inside cargo holds. ... This Risk Bulletin aims to raise awareness of cargo hold piping corrosion and mechanical damage and the associated loss prevention requirement for regular and comprehensive pre-load inspection and maintenance.
Media coverage of the Wuhan, China, origins and spread of Novel Coronavirus has been intense and MM members will undoubtedly be aware of this health risk. It is now confirmed that the virus is being spread by human to human contact globally. This Risk Bulletin is focused on the potential Novel Coronavirus danger to ships and their crews, especially those currently trading into China and other countries where the virus has now surfaced.