Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
News was received on 24 April that the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and representatives from the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) have formed a joint industry project to develop best practices for carriage of dangerous goods
The teaming up is to develop actionable recommendations to help mitigate risks posed from the stowage of dangerous goods in containerships.
CINS is a shipping line initiative (see below), whose aim is to increase safety in the supply chain, reduce the number of cargo incidents on-board ships and highlight the risks caused by certain cargoes and/or packing failures.
It was reported that ABS has been working with CINS members over the past six months to develop best stowage strategy guidelines.
Following a three-month trial, the best practice guidelines are intended to be published on the CINS website to be found at: www.cinsnet.com This collaboration assembles key industry stakeholders to examine the challenges and risks that containership owners and operators face, when stowing dangerous goods.
ABS Vice President for Technology, Gareth Burton, commented: ‘Carriage of dangerous goods, not properly identified or accounted for, can be detrimental to the safety of the ship – and, more importantly, to the people on board that ship. Central to our joint effort is advancing safety by developing a set of best practices incorporating key lessons learnt provided by CINS members from past incidents.’
It is understood that the objective of this project is a comprehensive set of best practices to improve stowage planning and hazard mitigation for dangerous goods carriage, leading to a focused application of existing risk assessment processes.
Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen, CINS Chairman continued by saying: ‘By working together with ABS and other leading international partners, we can share our experiences and help to improve the safety of stowing dangerous goods. We are looking forward to channelling these experiences into the development of this new industry best practices document and welcome views, insights, and other risk-based approaches from various carriers that can help improve fire safety in our industry.’
The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) is a shipping line organisation which was launched in September 2011. Its aim is to increase safety in the supply chain, reduce the number of cargo incidents on-board ships and highlight the risks caused by certain cargoes and/or packing failures.
Its Board includes five of the world’s largest container shipping lines (Maersk Line, Hapag Lloyd, MSC, CMA CGM and Evergreen Line), together with three Advisory Board Members (International Group of P&I Clubs, TT Club and Exis Technologies).
CINS membership comprises over 80% of the world’s container slot capacity.
For more than 50 years, ABS has been a trusted technical advisor for the containership sector. From the very first containership in operation to today’s most advanced ships. As a classification society, ABS has a strong track record for aiding the containership sector in identifying and leveraging new concepts to improve operations, protect the environment and enhance safety.
At its 2019 AGM held in the Faroe Islands in week ending 15 June representatives of the world’s national shipowners’ associations reviewed the priorities of the global shipowners’ association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
Sadly, the ICS Annual General Meeting was overshadowed by the attacks against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the very serious threat this presents to the lives of seafarers and maritime trade.
Action on CO2 Reduction
ICS agreed a suite of actions in support of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to decarbonise international shipping in line with the United Nations 1.5 degree climate change goal.
Speaking from the Faroe Islands, ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson (illustrated) said: ‘It is imperative that IMO Member States adopt a new global regulation to mandate further short term CO2 reduction measures at the next session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee in 2020. This should deliver further CO2 reductions by 2023 to help us meet the IMO target set for 2030. We will work with a broad coalition of governments to produce a comprehensive proposal that can be submitted to IMO in September this year.’
Pan-European multimodal service provider Samskip have indicated experience gained up to 31 March 2019 find it fully prepared for a North Sea container traffic surge, as attitudes harden in the run up to October’s revised UK Brexit deadline. (An illustration of Samskip’s traffic is provided here with thanks ©)
Europe’s largest multimodal transport group by freight volume reports that it expects UK exporters and importers to start switching away from trailers and towards containerisation, repeating a trend established in the run-up to the original deadline for Brexit of 31 March this year.
David Besseling, Samskip UK Trade Manager commented: ‘We saw a significant push in container volumes up to March 2019, especially into Hull, as decision-makers facing uncertainty opted for the reliability and proven procedures of container shipping. Concerns over supply chain security are fast re-emerging.’
Besseling reflected that stockpiling contributed to the earlier traffic surge, but added that the experience also confirmed robustness in new Hull-Ghent and Hull-Amsterdam links established by Samskip at the end of 2018. The services add to existing high-frequency connections between Rotterdam, Tilbury, Hull and Grangemouth.