Göteborg: 28 January 2011
2520/2011

Indonesia and the Philippines – Safe Carriage of Nickel Ore Cargoes

As members may be aware in October and November 2010 three vessels the ‘Jian Fu Star’, ‘Nasco Diamond’ and ‘Hong Wei’ sank during the carriage of nickel ore from Indonesia to China with the loss of forty four seafarers. The cause of the sinkings has not yet been definitively determined but nickel ore, like iron ore fines and many concentrates, is a cargo which may liquefy, if the moisture content of the cargo exceeds the Transportable Moisture Limit (TML) when loaded. Liquefaction of such a cargo can result in loss of stability which in turn can lead to a vessel capsizing. It is therefore very possible that all three vessels were lost as a result of cargo liquefaction.

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Type Name Filesize
P&I Circular 2520/2011167 Kb