INTERCARGO Analyzes 10 Years of Bulk Carrier Casualties

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) has released a report into bulk carrier casualties from 2008 to 2017, providing an analysis of statistics and trends over the last ten years of bulk shipping. According to the report, 53 bulk carriers over 10,000 dwt have been identified as total losses during the 2008 to 2017 time period, with cargo shift … [Read more...]

Nickel Ore Liquefaction Eyed in Bulker Sinking Off Philippines; 11 Crew Members Missing

Eleven crew members of a Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier are missing after their ship sank Friday off the coast of Philippines in what appears to be a possible case of nickel ore liquefaction. The Japanese Coast Guard reported Friday it had received a distress call from the 57,000 dwt MV Emerald Star, which was sailing about 280 km east of the northern tip of the … [Read more...]

IMO Issues New Warning on Bauxite Cargoes

The International Maritime Organization has issued a new warning that a newly-discovered phenomenon - different from cargo liquefaction - could cause bauxite cargoes to become unstable when carried in bulk on a ship, potentially causing the vessel to capsize and sink. Bauxite, a type of rock, is one of the world’s major sources of aluminium with around 100 million … [Read more...]

Bulk Jupiter Investigation Prompts IMO Bauxite Liquefaction Warning

  The International Maritime Organization is taking action to warn ship Masters about the possible dangers of bauxite liquefaction following findings from an investigation into the fatal sinking of Bulk Jupiter in January 2015. The new warning was released in a circular approved by IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Containers and Cargoes (CCC) during a meeting … [Read more...]

Nickel Ore Liquefaction Causes Bulker Grounding in Philippines

  The liquefaction of nickel ore cargo is being eyed in the grounding of a Singapore-flagged bulk carrier in the Philippines. The Philippines Coast Guard reports that the MV Alam Manis, a 55,652 DWT bulk carrier owned by Malaysian Bulk Carriers, ran aground Friday in the vicinity of Candon City after developing a severe list. The vessel was reported to be carrying … [Read more...]