North P&I Club Launches Can Test Training Pack


North P&I Club has launched its comprehensive new series of bite size training packs to help seafarers avoid the contributing factors to workplace casualties, as well as unplanned events that did not result in injury, illness, or damage – but had the potential to do so.

112 seafarers’ lives have been lost since 2007 as a result of suspected bulk cargo liquefaction therefore the first in North’s series of bite sized training packs focuses on the can test , the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargo Code’s complementary test for bulk cargoes. The can test provides ship’s crews with an indication of whether the cargo being loaded is potentially unsafe to carry.

Simon MacLeod, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention) at North P&I Club, commented, “This simple test has the potential to highlight issues long before they become fatal risks, but interpreting the results of the can test is not straightforward.”

MacLeod continued, “The training pack includes a short video,  a delivery guide aimed at the person leading the training and a workbook for those being trained. On completion the crew should know how to carry out the test, how to interpret the results and what to do if they suspect a failed test. The training should take no more than 20-30 minutes to deliver.”

The can test training material can be viewed and downloaded here.


For further information or interviews, please contact: Kim Rogerson on +44 191 232 5221 /, or Nick Arthur on +44 1865 514214 /

Notes to Editors:

North P&I Club

North P&I Club is a leading global marine insurer providing P&I, FD&D, war risks and ancillary insurance to 195 million GT of owned and chartered tonnage. Through its guaranteed subsidiary Sunderland Marine, North is also a leading insurer of fishing vessels, small craft and aquaculture risks. The Standard and Poor’s ‘A’ rated Club is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK with regional offices and subsidiaries in China (Hong Kong and Shanghai), Greece, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, USA and Sunderland Marine offices worldwide. North is a leading member of the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG), with over 12% of the IG’s owned tonnage. The 13 IG clubs provide liability cover for approximately 90% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage and, as a member of the IG, North protects and promotes the interests of the international shipping industry. For further information, visit:

Sunderland Marine.

Sunderland Marine is a leading insurer of fishing vessels, small craft and aquaculture risks. Established in 1882, Sunderland Marine has been providing marine insurance for over 130 years. Sunderland Marine’s highly qualified and knowledgeable teams of underwriters, surveyors and claims staff ensure that clients are provided with high levels of service and comprehensive insurance policies. For more information on Sunderland Marine, please visit

Simon Macleod