The Loss Prevention (LP) department continuously monitors developments which affect the shipping industry and the club’s members. Best guidance practices are distributed through the club’s Standard Safety and LP publications. It is the main means for the LP team to get its message to the members and the wider industry as a whole.
In this section you can view and download Industry Expertise handouts which are educational articles produced by the Loss Prevention team.
Importance of navigational risk reviews, May 2020
Over the last ten years, there has been a general increase in the number of claims that relate to the broad description of navigational incidents. These include groundings, collisions and contacts with fixed and floating objects (FFO). We believe that significant numbers of major, headline-generating navigational incidents can be prevented by effective navigational risk reviews (audits) which assess how the actual navigation of the ship is conducted. This article discusses the importance of these audits and how this practise should be approached.
Remote pilotage - perspectives and risks to consider, June 2020
The shipping industry has always been characterised by uncertain and volatile markets, stricter regulations and rapid evolution of technology. However, these conditions are fluctuating more aggressively in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeing unprecedented impacts on the movement of cargoes, domestically and internationally, as the world adjusts to the new ‘normal’ of port delays, restrictions on ship movements and, in some cases, the reduced availability of support personnel to assist the vessels’ movements. In this article, Captain John Dolan acknowledges the risk factors that should be carefully considered before the practise of remote pilotage is undertaken, and shares club concerns and recommendations.
Tankers to the rescue again: a solution to storage woes, June 2020
The oil industry has been through several cycles since weathering the price collapse of 2014. In 2020, the industry has been hit with two new phenomena almost simultaneously: oversupply (caused by the failure of negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Russia to agree on production cuts) and a demand shock (reflecting the economic impact of the Covid-19 lockdown).
This current crisis in oil prices coupled with the fall in demand has pushed several oil producers, traders and consumers to stock up, leading to a shortage in storage space for oil, not just crude but even clean products such as aviation fuel and gasoline.
Using tankers for the storage of oil in the current climate is one solution, and the club is seeing an increasing number of inquiries where members, both charterers and owners, are seeking guidance for such operations. This article is based on the club’s experience, highlighting a number of lessons learnt from previous claims, and offering practical and operational considerations to assist our members in their planning for using tankers for storage.
Guidelines for the safe carriage of Nickel Ore, July 2020
Liquefaction is a phenomenon where a soil-like material is abruptly transformed from a solid dry state to an almost liquid state. Cargoes that are at risk of liquefaction are those containing fine particles and moisture, although they need not be visibly wet in appearance. On ships, liquefaction may happen when the cargo is compacted by the ship’s motion and vibration. Nickel ore is one such cargo that has a propensity to liquefy and cause loss of ship’s stability due to the free surface effect/cargo shift, possibly resulting in capsizing of the vessel. The ship structure may also be damaged due to increased cargo pressures.
This handout focuses on the recent trends in the export of nickel ore, including the banning of international exports of nickel ore by Indonesia. We remind members of the general guidelines when loading nickel ore cargoes, and share our correspondents’ guidance on the local practices followed at the ports from where nickel ore is generally exported.
Maritime Cyber Risk Management Guidelines, October 2020
Technology has become essential to the operation and management of systems critical to the safety and security of shipping. This technological advancement also means increased exposure of the maritime sector to a greater risk of cybercrime.
This article is intended to assist members with the understanding and implementation of cyber risk management measures so that they can demonstrate that their procedures adequately address the cyber threat in accordance with the IMO and industry guidelines.
Carriage of seed cake, January 2021
Despite the recognised risks, there have been incidents in the past, some significant, resulting from seed cake being shipped without full appreciation of the requirements. This handout addresses the safe and correct carriage of seed cake cargo in bulk.
In this section you can view and download LP publications. To search previous years, please use the quick links on the right.
Standard Safety: Seafarer Wellbeing, October 2018
Over the last couple of years, the club has been working on a variety of projects related to seafarer wellbeing, culminating in this special edition.
Seafarer wellbeing is a holistic concept combining physical, mental and social wellbeing, and our mix of articles reflects this.
Standard Safety, July 2018
It has been over 30 years since the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster. In that time, many of the safety issues faced on board ships have remained constant, some have improved, and some new risks have emerged. In this edition of Standard Safety we reflect on certain pressing issues faced by members of the club, reflecting the emerging risks or demonstrating a new way to tackle an old problem.
Standard Safety, better box booking, March 2018
This edition of Standard Safety approaches the well publicised issue of misdeclared container cargo incidents from a new perspective. The Standard Club’s analysis of past misdeclared dangerous cargo incidents shows that the container booking process needs to be reviewed and tightened. This guide sets out the findings from our analysis and what measures ship operators can put in place to safeguard their ships, reputation and crew.