INTERCARGO members and guests had the opportunity to attend a very interesting presentation by the Standard P&I Club delivered by Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, and Akshat Arora, Marine Surveyor.

The presentation was delivered in the context of the INTERCARGO meetings in Hong Kong on 6-7 March 2017 (see relevant article here) during the Presentations afternoon session on the second day.
Members please login to access the full presentation attached.

Following recent press reports concerning the lifting of the Indonesian Nickel Ore and Bauxite export ban, the INTERCARGO Secretariat issued the following circular to Members:



Dear Members,

Many of you may have noted the article in Tradewinds “Indonesia eases bauxite and nickel export ban” dated 16th January 2017 which stated that the Indonesian Government is to allow the resumption of exports of  Bauxite and Nickel Ore under certain conditions.

However, we have heard from other sources that the lifting of the export ban is not yet certain and will be subject to ongoing discussions between the various Indonesian Government Departments and other interests.

We would urge Members exercise extreme caution should Indonesian ore exports re-enter the market; as the ban has been in place for some time it is most likely that many stockpiles will be subject to saturation and therefore the possibility of being offered cargoes with an unduly high moisture content may be anticipated. Furthermore,  it is important to note that it has been reported specified shippers   will be permitted to export washed bauxite, this form of processing of cargo was associated with a number of problems in the past and any such cargoes should  carefully  assessed prior to acceptance.

The INTERCARGO Secretariat is following the developments closely and will provide further information when and if available.


Amendment 03-15 of the IMSBC Code will Enter into Force on 01 January 2017, the INTERCARGO Secretariat has produced a document that summarises the new amendments, the document can be downloaded here (member login required)

21 Nov. 2016:-

The AMSA webpage has information to remind all ship owners, ship operators and masters of the requirements for the safe carriage of Ammonium Nitrate on board ships.

Fertilizers Europe published its issue 2014 - Guidance for sea transport of ammonium nitrate based fertilizers at

IMO is now working this aspect but no conclusion has been made yet:
• At the last IMO Subcommittee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC) held in Sept 2016, relevant progress refers to the enclosed “progress at IMO on Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer”. Basically the substance was that Germany proposed to classify AMMONIUM NITRATE BASED FERTILIZER (non-hazardous) as a MHB (OH) Group B cargo.
• The views at IMO CCC (CCC 3 WP.1) and the E&T (E&T 26 WP.1) meetings in Sept 2016 were divided on whether there is enough justification at this time to reclassify the existing schedule for AMMONIUM NITRATE BASED FERTILIZER (non-hazardous) from a Group C to a MHB (OH) Group B cargo. As outcome of the meetings, the industry is urged to provide more data and information on AMMONIUM NITRATE BASED FERTILIZER (non-hazardous), in particular on the different types of fertilizer and their specific properties that are being shipped under this schedule and on the necessity of the existing requirements for these different types of fertilizer.
• This matter will be considered and discussed at the IMO CCC4 on 11-15 Sept 2017.

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02 Nov. 2016:-

Members have expressed at various times concerns relating to the correct description, condition and handling of some Philippines bulk cargoes,  especially potential group ‘A’ cargoes emanating from various southern Filipino ports.

In June, INTERCARGO together with the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) met with the Filipino IMO representatives to express concern for the correct implementation of the mandatory International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code in the Philippines.  Following discussions with the Philippines IMO Representative a joint IG/INTERCARGO letter (attached) was drafted and forwarded to the relevant authorities in July.

The letter resulted in a September meeting held in Manila between representatives from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Philippines Port Authority (PPA) to formulate action steps in order to begin to find ways to better address the growing concerns.  This meeting agreed that MARINA (as Flag State), PCG (as Port and Coastal State) and PPA (for port facilities) are the competent authorities to implement the IMSBC Code. 

The contact details of the heads of these agencies are as follows: