16 June 2016: -
The INTERCARGO Bulk Carrier Casualty Report, available for download from INTERCARGO website http://www.intercargo.org/en/component/attachments/download/176.html, which was submitted to IMO's III 3 in May 2016 for attention, highlights that liquefaction has been a serious concern of bulk carrier industry.
An article of the publication Dry Cargo International (DCI) in its Issue No. 189 March 2016, quotes the comments and concerns of INTERCARGO (click here to download the article). The comments advised that an IMO Sub-Committee (Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers or short name “CCC”) was to evaluate the properties of bauxite. This evaluation was carried out by an IMO Correspondence Group. INTERCARGO has been part of the IMO evaluation process and is able to update members on bauxite issues as follows:
1) On 13 Jun 2016, IMO made a report “CCC 3-5-1 - Report of the Correspondence Group on Evaluation of Properties of BAUXITE and COAL (Japan)” available on its website (restricted access only by Member States and NGOs), reporting progress on:
• Consideration of the marine safety investigation report on the loss of the bulk carrier Bulk Jupiter;
• Preparation of a draft new individual schedule for Bauxite as Group A cargo and review the existing Bauxite schedule, as necessary.
2) Australian, Brazilian and Chinese Bauxite research groups had established a Global Bauxite Working Group (GBWG) and planned to provide a global industry peer review report for CCC 4 (the 4th session of CCC, likely around Sept 2017). Those industry groups have been discussing their respective research programs. It seems to be clear that the characteristics of Bauxite vary depending on the location of mining. The group has already been informed and noted of the varying particle size distribution of Bauxite exported from Australia, Brazil and China for example.
3) IMO Correspondence Group decided to adjourn the consideration on Bauxite and recommended the CCC Sub-Committee to wait for the results of the research by the GBWG, which will be provided to CCC 4 for further consideration.
4) INTERCARGO expressed its view on the postponement of the process: “we are somewhat disappointed that an extension to the Bauxite Study has become necessary as we believe it is of paramount important to ensure the schedules in the Code reflect the actual risks of carriage, especially, following the Bulk Jupiter tragedy. However, we fully understand that achieving consensus often takes longer than anticipated and so we support the proposal by the coordinator on the way forward”. Those comments has been included in the report “CCC 3-5-1” (para 8.1 on page 4)
The IMO Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes And Containers (CCC 2) held its 2nd session on 14-18 Sept 2015. Safe transport of bauxite cargo, a specific bulk carrier issue was on its agenda item 5. It follows up to the loss of lives of 18 seafarers during the rapid sinking in open water of M/V Bulk Jupiter carrying 46,400 tonnes of bauxite on 2 Jan 2015 and discusses actions to be taken for safety transport of bauxite cargo.
A. Introduction of relevant submissions to CCC 2 on safe transport of dry bulk cargoes:Members please login to read full article