(Updated on 17 Dec 2015)
Western Australia ports requiring bulk carriers to berth with hatches open
Intercargo has been receiving some concerning information on what appears to be an increasing practice in some Western Australia ports of requiring bulk carriers to berth with hatches open and cargo starting immediately prior to completing berthing.The information said:
"Dampier and some other West Australian ports follow a procedure of early loading for bulk carriers. Under this procedure a vessel is supposed to berth with 2 holds open and the loading starts as soon as the vessel is in position alongside, being held by tugs but before being all fast".
Realizing that there may be safety concerns during loading without the vessel being properly moored, INTERCARGO made contact with AMSA on 3 Nov 2015 with immediate reply on the same day, indicating that "We have become aware of this and we are in communication with the terminal. We have reiterated that our position is that a vessel must be safely secured (all fast and finished with engines) before loading starts. We are still pursuing this but would appreciate the details if any further communication you may have on the issue".
INTERCARGO and its members appreciate the prompt response from AMSA and their due attention and actions.