Coming to you shortly (Editorial 24th February 2011)


  • Date: 23/02/2011

The Club has despatched a copy of the Nautical Institute publication “Bulk Carrier Practice” (2nd edn.) to its dry bulk carrier operator Members.  Also in the package are the “Bulk Matters” DVD which addresses the causes and prevention of dry bulk cargo claims and the latest iron ore fines “aide-memoire”.

Robert Lorenz-Meyer, President and Chairman BIMCO praised the book saying: ‘Anyone in the bulk carrier industry will benefit from reading Bulk Carrier Practice. It deserves to be on the bookshelf on the bridge of all bulk carriers, and in the offices of all bulk carrier operators.’

This excellent book illustrates operational best practice on bulk carriers (see below for contents) and would normally cost £125 ($200).  However, the Club has purchased sufficient copies to supply one free copy to each of its bulk carrier Members.  Arrangements have been made with the Nautical Institute to provide additional copies at £75 ($120) each.

All our Members should be receiving their hard copies of the Club’s Rules this week.  The Club’s Rules and List of Correspondents were mailed out, via their insurance brokers where required, in the quantities previously requested by Members.  However, additional copies are always available on request from your usual Club contact.

In addition a web-based version of the Rules has been published in both pdf and page –turning formats.  The pdf version can be downloaded to mobile devices and home computers for easy and convenient reference.

The Club recommends that all entered ships are provided with a copy of this book to enable prompt contact to be made with the Club or its correspondents in the event of an incident.

List of Contents for “Bulk Carrier Practice”
Chapter 1  Bulk carriers past, present and future
Chapter 2  Charterparties
Chapter 3  Log books, records, reference books and plans
Chapter 4  Maintenance and care of hatch covers
Chapter 5  Preparation of holds
Chapter 6  Ensuring systems are operational
Chapter 7  Ballast management
Chapter 8  Strength, stability, draught and trim
Chapter 9  Planning the loading
Chapter 10  Loading calculations
Chapter 11  Loading or discharging berth
Chapter 12  Loading period
Chapter 13  Establishing quantity of cargo loaded or discharged
Chapter 14  Cargo documents
Chapter 15  Loaded voyage
Chapter 16   The discharging period
Chapter 17  The ballast voyage
Chapter 18  Special types of bulk carriers
Chapter 19  Carriage of common and typical bulk cargoes
Chapter 20  Unusual cargoes and special trades
Chapter 21  Safety considerations
Chapter 22  Instruments and mechanical equipment
Chapter 23  Maintenance
Chapter 24  Repairs and drydocking
Chapter 25  Ship’s housekeeping
Chapter 26  Bulk carrier casualties

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