Today, at day 1 of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee's 98th session, Donald Harrell and Astrid Seltmann from IUMI's Facts & Figures Committee gave a presentation to the delegates on relevant industry issues.
At the April meeting of the International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Funds meeting IUMI supported a joint ICS/IG paper which sought a common understanding on the interpretation of international conventions.
In the field of maritime security, although terrorism and cyber-crime grab the headlines, they are not “the nearest crocodile to the canoe”, according to James Wilkes, co-founder and Managing Director of Gray Page, a specialist advisory and consulting group that solves problems around the world for companies and organizations in shipping, insurance and international trade.
Both West of England and North P&I have advised Members that nickel ore cargoes currently being presented for shipment in the Philippines are continuing to give rise to concern. The Clubs’ local correspondent Pandiman Philippines advised that rain continued to fall. Where they exist, stockpiles are exposed to the elements. Many mines have no stock piles and ore is supplied directly from the exposed mine pit, hence there is no drying nor drainage of the cargo prior to shipment.
The Nordic Association of Marine Insurers (Cefor) Technical Forum has listed some of the technical risk elements of ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) in a new memo. It said that the aim of the memo was “to raise awareness and discussion on some of the possible problems associated with increasingly larger container vessels — seen from an insurer’s perspective”.