Social Media Guidance for Seafarers

INTERTANKO has issued guidelines on the use of social media at sea. These guidelines outline the power of such media platforms, and the possible impact for individuals and companies alike. This includes the use of social media during times of emergency on board. Social media is a very important tool for communicating with the world…

Chinese ECA

From 1 January 2017 ships calling at all eleven key ports in China must use fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50 per cent whilst berthed. Chinese regulation designates the Pearl River and Yangtze River Deltas, and Bohai-rim Waters as domestic emission control areas (ECAs) and places a cap on the sulphur content of…

SOLAS – IMSBC Code Amendments

Amendments, which have been in place on a voluntary basis since 1 January 2016, are became mandatory on 1 January 2017. Amendment 03-15 includes updates to existing individual schedules for solid bulk cargoes, 19 new cargo schedules and references to recent SOLAS amendments, along with updated information from the IMDG Code. The IMSBC Code is subject to…

Soya

Handling of Soya Cargo This cargo must be carried in accordance with the requirements of the latest edition of the IMO International Convention for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk (the Grain Code). Very often, claims arising at the discharge port often involve allegations of deterioration and/or contamination. Condition of the cargo may have been…

Fire in Bulk Carrier’s Hold

Fire in Bulk Carrier’s Hold at Saint-Nazaire A bulk carrier with a cargo of soya caught fire in hold on December 27. Vessel was docked at terminal of Saint-Nazaire. There were some 12,000 tons of soya left in holds, some 8 tons estimated to be destroyed, at least 50 polluted. Fire was extinguished by firefighters…