Intercargo says liquefaction major concern
(Posted on 29/04/19)
INTERCARGO’s Bulk Carrier Casualty Report 2018 provides an analysis of reported bulk carrier losses during the
period from 2009 to 2018, when 188 lives were lost and 48 bulk carriers over 10,000 dwt were identified as total losses.
Although there has been no reported loss of a bulk carrier in 2018 and the ten-year trends in annual average
numbers of lives and dry cargo ships lost show positive signs of safety improvement, there is no room for
The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) has represents the interests of dry cargo
shipowners. . It provides the forum where dry bulk shipowners, managers and operators
are informed about, discuss and share concerns on key topics and regulatory challenges, especially in relation to safety, the environment and
Cargo failure and liquefaction continue to be a major concern for dry bulk shipping. 9 casualties with loss of 101
seafarers’ lives between 2009 and 2018 were believed to be from cargo related failures - 6 bulk carriers carrying
nickel ore from Indonesia, 2 with laterite (clay) iron ore from India and 1 with bauxite from Malaysia.
Lessons learnt from past incidents play an important role in determining the scope of additional safety
improvements. 23 investigation reports on these 48 losses were still not submitted to IMO by their flag States, as per
information on IMO GISIS database at end January 2019. Examples of pending investigation reports for submission include:
- The highest loss of life has been attributed to cargo failure (liquefaction), totalling 101 lives lost from the 9
- casualties. Two (2) investigation reports of those 9 cases have not been submitted to IMO.
- The most common reported cause of ship losses has been grounding, totalling 19 losses among the 48 cases.
- Six (6) investigation reports of those 19 cases have not been submitted to IMO.
- Six (6) ships lost with unknown causes claimed 61 lives. Five (5) investigation reports of those 6 cases have
- not been submitted to IMO.
- Reported flooding led to losses of 6 ships. No investigation report of those 6 cases has been submitted to
The recent publication of the Stellar Daisy Casualty Investigation Report by the Marshall Islands Maritime
Administrator (on 19 April 2019) was much expected by the industry and INTERCARGO had repeatedly urged for its
timely submission to IMO, as over 2 years have passed since the tragic sinking of M.V. STELLAR DAISY in the South
Atlantic on 31 March 2017 with the loss of 22 lives.
INTERCARGO welcomes the publication of the above report, reiterating the importance of flag States’ timely
submission of casualty investigation reports to IMO, as a means for identifying the cause of incidents and enabling
preventive actions to be taken. INTERCARGO will carefully study the report to contribute to this direction and urges
all relevant administrations, that have not done so, to investigate incidents and publish the reports in a timely
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