This vessel was loading a bulk cargo in two of the vessel's lower holds. During the loading operation, the vessel bunkered 500 MT of HFO into no.'s 2 port and starboard fuel oil side tanks. Shortly after the completion of bunkering operations, the Chief Engineer (C/E) noticed the level of no.2 port fuel oil tank was decreasing from observation of the remote gauging system.
2017 Satisfaction Survey
First-rate service relies upon the Club having a thorough understanding of what our Members expect from their Club and identifying any areas where we can improve. As I mentioned in the Autumn Statement in 2016, the UK Club Board announced our intention to carry out a Member Survey in 2017 in order to better understand and meet the service standards and expectations of the membership.
The subject vessel was berthed on a NNE heading, port side to an exposed quay for cargo discharge operations. In the early morning, the wind was observed to increase in strength from the NW. The Master ordered the crew to deploy additional mooring ropes, with the final arrangement reported to be 4 head/stern lines, 2 breast lines and 2 spring lines forward and aft.
Lessons Learnt: Serious eye injury to fitter
Whilst the vessel was at anchor waiting to berth, one of the engine room fitters was instructed by the Chief Engineer to fabricate a set of locking pins for the anchor cable stoppers. It was planned that the work would take place in the engine room workshop and involve the use of an angle grinder for which the fitter had the choice of an electrical or pneumatically powered tool.
The UK P&I Club Brazil correspondents, Proinde, have provided the attached guide on cargo clearance and delivery in Brazil.
Cold Treatment Failure Delays
The Club has seen an increase in refrigerated cargo claims for fresh fruit from South America to the United States due to cold treatment failure. Cold treatment failure delays the arrival of the cargo to the US. Excessive delays in the transit time could result in the fruit becoming unmarketable or sold at a much lower price.
Top 25 causes of container claims
This booklet has been designed as a ready use tabbed reference book to be used by Ship's crew and office-based operations staff as a training aid and assistance in the event of an incident. Following a review by the Club which identified the top 25 causes of claims in containers. The publication has been written in conjunction with TMC Marine Consultancy, a leading maritime consultancy with surveyors specialising in container stowage as well as Jensen Associates an independent expert consultancy and survey company, specialising in the international trade of perishable products.
The Clubs' Correspondents have issued advice on aspects of quality and conditions the vessel should pay attention to during loading of bulk agricultural products, as well as points to consider while arranging steel surveys in South Russian ports of the Black sea.
Petar Modev, Senior Loss Prevention Executive at UK P&I Club, in conjunction with CWA International, advises on the safe carriage of soya beans.
In October 2016 the U.S. Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") announced further amendments to the Cuban Asset Control Regulations ("CACR"), which restrict the scope of the application of the "180 day rule," by permitting ships to carry a wider range of cargos to be imported to Cuba from third countries without their being subject to the '180 day rule'.
Revised Joint industry publication sets out Guidelines for the carriage of Calcium Hypochlorite
The International Group and CINS have issued revised joint industry guidance on the carriage of Calcium Hypochlorite by sea (first publication in May 2016) that now takes account of the package limit of 100lb drums under US measurement as well as the previously stated package limit of 45kg net weight.