On the 3rd of Jan 2019, part of the Yantian Express a 7,510 TEU, 320m German-flagged ship of Hapag Lloyd went up in flames while on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal..
The Bundesstelle für Seeunfalluntersuchung (BSU) or Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation undertook an investigation on the fire on board and the results have been released..
This investigation report demonstrates that it is not all that easy to pinpoint the exact cause and reason for such incidents but it does a great job in identifying certain possibilities and also finding out other information in the meantime.. Truly interesting..
The route to the conclusions reached by the investigators is very interesting to read and shows the many important considerations that are required when preparing your cargo for export..
Are table tennis balls considered Dangerous Goods..?? You may wonder why is this even a question as it is a teeny tiny table tennis that many people from children to adults use in schools, colleges, resorts, community centers etc etc.. Well, as per Shashi Kallada this question has been asked many times by shippers, carriers, ports and forwarders for … Read more here..
Abuse of Safety Data Sheets for cargo bookings is uncomfortably frequent. A recent TT Club claim relating to a fire onboard a ship highlighted a number of issues. Take utmost care with what is presented and be proactive in warning customers of their legal obligations – and potential penalties. Anecdotal evidence suggests that abuse of Safety Data Sheets (SDS or … Read more here..
Proper Shipping Name, Technical Name, Chemical Name, Trade Name are some of the names your cargo is classified into when shipping hazardous cargo.. A lot of improper declarations and incorrect names are known to have been used when filling out a hazardous request/declaration.. What name should your cargo be known by in a hazardous shipment..?? Let me try to clarify … Read more here..
There have been many many instances of damage to ship, cargo and lives due to the improper declaration and handling of dangerous goods (hazardous cargo)..
Through this very important article I hope to give a clear picture on the documentary requirements from a shipping perspective and the process of the hazardous cargo applications and the declarations that go with it..
Please read carefully and share with all the people involved in the handling and transportation of such goods..
In this blog, across the many articles that i have written, i have made several references to hazardous cargoes, documentation for hazardous cargoes, safety measure for hazardous cargoes, and consequences of non-declaration of hazardous cargoes etc.. I cannot emphasise this topic enough because it is just so important.. Here is a real life case where a shipping line incorrectly confirms … Read more here..
Please see below article pertaining to the grounding of the m.v.Rena off the coast of New Zealand which has now been found to have been carrying some undeclared hazardous cargo.. I strongly agreee with what Mike Povorello has said in his article http://mpoverello.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/non-declaration-of-hazardous-containers/ about the same issue.. Eveyone at EVERY position/link in the chain has to take responsibilities and check … Read more here..