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”.
The US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has clarified its current position on Cuba sanctions by adding five new FAQs (numbers 86-90) to its document on the matter. These provide further clarity on matters concerning the 180 day rule and related issues.
As part of Steamship Mutual’s loss prevention initiatives, the Club has released its latest DVD ‘Cyber Security: Smart, Safe Shipping’ highlighting the implications of a potential cyber security breach for a shipping company.