Over recent years INTERCARGO members have been experiencing increased pressure to load vessels quickly. This problem has escalated with the increased demand for commodities and the commercial pressure to maximise terminal throughput.
INTERCARGO conducted a survey of ships’ masters to determine the areas of concern, two main areas were identified:
- the implied arrival condition required to meet onerous loading requirements and its detrimental effect on manoeuvrability; and
- the consequences for the structural integrity of the ship.
INTERCARGO will engage with all stakeholders including owners and operators, terminals, classification societies, shippers, flag administrations, and insurers to ensure a common understanding of this issue. The aim is to ensure that all bulk carriers are loaded safety in an appropriate manner, taking into account the capabilities of the ship, in accordance with international regulation