When informed that wet or damaged cargo has been found in a hold, the Master's early actions can do a lot to help their position and can even help in defending or reducing liabilities.
Is a clause in a bill of lading saying the carrier would not be liable for loss or damage to deck cargo “howsoever arising” effective to exclude liability for negligence or unseaworthiness?
Looking at the recent progress of blockchain technology and the potential wider use of electronic bills.
Claims have emerged where grain cargoes loaded in the United States and subsequently fumigated on board were found to be affected by mould during the voyage.
The wet seasons in Indonesia and the Philippines bring increased risk of liquefaction.
Forgetting to switch off the lights in cargo holds can damage cargo but in more extreme cases can lead to fire.
The phenomenon of rollover is a long-standing risk associated with liquid natural gas (LNG). The consequences can be severe. It is important we understand not only what rollover is, but also how to detect it and what can be done to mitigate the risks.
Indian authorities are imposing customs fines on LNG carriers for cargo shortages upon discharge at ports in Gujarat.
Intercargo has released a report on bulk carrier casualties covering the period of 2008 to 2017.
North has produced a new loss prevention briefing on the carriage of steel cargoes.
Some parties try to slip words into the charterparty to shift responsibility for stowage, etc, to the other. But tweaking the terms will not always affect the operation of the ICA.
Charterers or shippers often request that ventilation channels are built into the stow of bagged cargoes – but experts have advised north that their effectiveness is unproven.