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A Member has recently experienced difficulties regarding dunnage on a ship bound for US ports. Respecting strict US regulations concerning dunnage, the master of the ship has attempted to obtain a Phytosanitary Certificate for all dunnage at all ports where the ship is loading steel. The ship has successfully obtained such certificates for two previously visited ports, but was unable to get a certificate at the Port of Odessa. Local agents at the port advised the master that such certificates are no longer required by US authorities provided dunnage is duly stamped.
The UK Government Department for Transport (DfT) Dangerous Goods branch has issued a Dangerous Goods Guidance Note regarding the examination and testing of intermediate bulk containers.
Following several recent enquiries about the disposal of petcoke hold washings, the Club has received the following advice:-
The Club has been made aware of an increase in the number of reported problems with mould on dunnage aboard vessels arriving in the Port of Philadelphia over the last several weeks. It appears the February 1, 2006 implementation of the International Plant Protection Convention regulations may be directly related to the increased mould problems.
The shipping of undeclared/misdeclared cargoes on board ship in containers continues to be a major concern to the industry. Violations of the regulations are common.
During the past three weeks we have been informed of spontaneous heating in the carriage of three coal cargoes loaded in Indonesia. (Adang Bay East Kalimantan, North Pulau Laut).
The amendments to the Appendix to Annex V of Marpol as approved at MEPC49 (14 to 18 July 2003) and adopted at MEPC51 (29 March to 2 April 2004) came into force on 1 August 2005 and includes the addition of cargo residues as garbage.
Concerns have arisen about the safety of cargoes of nickel ore, loaded at Tanjung Buli. These cargoes originate from open cast mining on the Indonesian island of Halmahera and are presented for loading directly from the mine with little or no processing. The consistency of the material is that of a wet mud of finely-divided particles, interspersed with varying proportions of larger rocks. The declared moisture content of these cargoes is in the region of approximately 25% to 35%. In at least one cargo, pools of free water have developed on the cargo surface during loading and during carriage. Because of the method of mining, significant variations in moisture content and physical consistency are likely from cargo to cargo.
The Club would like to bring to the attention of Members a circular recently received detailing the alleged fraudulent activities of a team of journalists, customs officials and other officials in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
The Club has recently been notified of several similar claims which in each case has involved a last minute demand of a cash payment as compensation for fender damages allegedly caused by ships using berths at Alexandria and El Deikhela. We understand that ships entered in other Clubs have also been affected.