Briefing

IMO warns on bauxite liquefaction dangers

Ship Masters warned of conditions under which bauxite should be accepted for carriage.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has taken action to warn ship Masters of the possible dangers of liquefaction associated with carriage of bauxite, following consideration of findings from the investigation into the loss of the 10-year-old Bahamas flag bulk carrier Bulk Jupiter, which was carrying 46,400 tonnes of bauxite when it sank rapidly with 18 fatalities in January 2015.

A circular "CCC.1-Circ.2" approved by IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Containers and Cargoes (CCC2), meeting September 2015 at IMO Headquarters, warns ship Masters of the potential dangers that may be associated with bauxite cargoes and provides considerations to be taken into account to ensure safe carriage.