Monday, November 28, 2022

Hazardous Goods

MSC accepts all costs for cleanup of MSC Zoe containers overboard – update 06.01.2019

MSC has reassured authorities and members of the public in the Netherlands and Germany that the company will pay the full costs of the clean-up of the 2 January MSC Zoe container spill..

MSC Zoe containers overboard – update 05.01.2019

Here is an update as of 05.01.2019 about the status of the MSC Zoe and the over 270 odd containers that went overboard..

MSC Zoe containers overboard – update 04.01.2019

Here is an update about the status of the MSC Zoe and the over 270 odd containers that went overboard..

2019 claims its first casualty of containers going overboard

Barely a day into the new year, 2019 has already claimed its first casualty in terms of containers lost at sea..

MSC Zoe, a 396m long containership capable of carrying 19,224 TEU was the unfortunate ship which got caught in heavy seas between Vlieland, Netherlands and the German Bight in the North Sea on New Year’s Day as per the Dutch Coastguard..

Although the exact number is to be verified, the coastguard is indicating that as much as 270 odd containers may have gone overboard in tough weather conditions..

The process of hazardous cargo approval, acceptance and shipment

On this blog there are many articles relating to hazardous goods or dangerous goods, various types of hazardous cargoes and other information relating to the shipping of this special cargo..

It all begins with a hazardous cargo approval and in this article, I will explain how the hazardous cargo approval and cargo acceptance process works between the customer and the shipping line..

It is imperative that the shipper and all parties involved in the transportation of hazardous goods follow the due processes for the acceptance of hazardous cargo and do due diligence before approval of hazardous cargo as many lives depend on this..

Lessons learnt from Maersk Honam fire

On the 6th of March 2018, Maersk Honam, one of Maersk's ultra-large containership caught fire while en-route from Singapore to Egypt, in the Arabian Sea..

Five crew members perished in this incident which was one of several containership disasters that have happened in recent history..

Learning from these lessons, Maersk Line announced that after a thorough review of current safety practices and policies in the stowage of dangerous cargo, they implemented a set of new guidelines called Risk Based Dangerous Goods Stowage to improve safety across its container vessel fleet..

Shipper and Container Operator liable for explosion on MSC Flaminia

On the 14th of July 2012 a container ship MSC FLAMINIA operated by MSC was en route from Charleston in the USA to Antwerp in Belgium..

A cloud of smoke began emerging from Hold 4 which was noticed by the crew who promptly commenced fire fighting measures by releasing CO2 (Carbon Di-Oxide) to suppress it..

While the crew were working on extinguishing the blaze, an explosion occurred.. 3 crew members perished as a result of this incident and several others were injured..

The disaster that occurred on the MSC Flaminia is just one of several containership disasters that have happened in recent history, including containers lost at sea and disasters relating to hazardous goods..

US District Court for the Southern District of New York has named Louisiana-based Deltech (Shipper) and Stolt-Nielsen’s Stolt Tank Containers (Container Operator) as liable parties for explosion on MSC Flaminia..

8 points to consider before you sign a bill of lading

To the casual onlooker, signing a bill of lading may be a routine, day to day mundane job done by many people across the world.. But the fact is that there are several technicalities to be considered before signing a bill of lading..

It is important to understand that the person signing the bill of lading acknowledges the details recorded on the bill of lading.. Any bill of lading signed with the knowledge of misrepresented facts may be considered to be a fraudulent document and may result in legal consequences for the signatory..

If you are a bill of lading signatory, here are 8 points that you need to consider before signing a bill of lading.. It may be a bit of a long read, but worth it.. 🙂

What are the mandatory details required for the transportation of hazardous cargo by road..??

Hazardous goods can be defined as materials or items with hazardous properties which if not properly controlled, may present a potential hazard to human and animal health and safety, the environment and infrastructure..

Hazardous goods must be classified, packaged, marked, labelled and packed as per the regulations set out by the IMDG Code by the International Maritime Organisation and also needs to be handled with utmost care and consideration of its dangerous nature..

Any misdeclaration, miscommunication or incorrect documentation could have severe consequences and could prove disastrous to human lives on shore or on a ship..

We all need to understand that Dangerous Goods or Hazardous Goods have been given this name for a reason..

In this article we discuss the mandatory details required for the transportation of hazardous cargo by road.. Are the transporters taking these requirements seriously..?? Join the discussion..

5 points to consider before packing your cargo

If you are an exporter and especially if you are exporting for the first time, you should have a checklist of points to consider before packing your cargo.. Here are 5 main points you should consider before packing your cargo..

IMDG Code Amendment 38-16, 2016 Edition

As you may be aware, the IMO, has announced that the IMDG Code, 2016 Edition comes into force on 1 January 2018 for two years.. During 2017, shippers and carriers may opt to use the provisions of IMDG Code 38th amendment (38-16) or 37th Amendment (37-14).. Currently the IMDG Code 2014 Edition which came into force on 1st January 2016 is being used and the IMDG Code Supplement, 2014 Edition will remain valid until further notice.. So what is this IMDG Code 38th amendment (38-16) all about..??

The Prophet of Doom and the IMDG code

From time to time, some people come into your life to make a deep impact.. While it is customary to write about the positive impact that some people make on your life, some times, we must also talk about people that create a misguided and negative impact in people’s life.. But some times, we must also talk about people that create a misguided and negative impact in people's life..

Are table tennis balls considered Dangerous Goods..??

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...

Are Dangerous Goods loaded in specific holds in a ship

This is a question that I have received a couple of times on my blog and I was quite happy when I saw Shashi Kallada covered this question elaborately on his blog (IMDG Code Compliance Centre).. Today I am sharing the answer to this question with all of you below..

All about Dangerous Goods segregation

Article outlining all that we need to know about Dangerous Goods segregation.. Courtesy of Shashi Kallada - IMDG Code Compliance Centre

Hazardous Cargo Freight and Global Transport

An article explaining all you need to know about Hazardous Cargo Freight and Global Transport..

What is Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods (also referred to as Hazardous Cargo) means the substances, materials and articles that are covered by the IMDG Code and is cargo that is considered to be hazardous because of its flammable, corrosive, poisonous nature or other properties..

IMDG Code – Origin and Evolution

An article about the Origin and Evolution of the IMDG Code for the carriage of hazardous goods..

Who should provide IMO Declaration..??

This post is about a question from a supplier based in USA who trades in hazardous goods.. He has a valid and interesting question that needs an answer.. Are you upto it..??

Dangerous goods movement procedure in South African ports

Transnet National Ports Authority in South Africa has released procedures for movement of hazardous cargoes in port areas, classing dangerous goods for stay within the port.. The ports covered are Richards Bay, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Ngqura, East London, Mossel Bay, Cape Town & Saldanha Bay

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