Shipper and Container Operator liable for explosion on MSC Flaminia

MSC Flaminia

On the 14th of July 2012 a container ship MSC FLAMINIA operated by MSC was en route from Charleston in the USA to Antwerp in Belgium..

A cloud of smoke began emerging from Hold 4 which was noticed by the crew who promptly commenced fire fighting measures by releasing CO2 (Carbon Di-Oxide) to suppress it..

While the crew were working on extinguishing the blaze, an explosion occurred.. 3 crew members perished as a result of this incident and several others were injured..

The disaster that occurred on the MSC Flaminia is just one of several containership disasters that have happened in recent history, including containers lost at sea and disasters relating to hazardous goods..

US District Court for the Southern District of New York has named Louisiana-based Deltech (Shipper) and Stolt-Nielsen’s Stolt Tank Containers (Container Operator) as liable parties for explosion on MSC Flaminia..

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8 points to consider before you sign a bill of lading

points to consider before you sign a bill of lading

To the casual onlooker, signing a bill of lading may be a routine, day to day mundane job done by many people across the world.. But the fact is that there are several technicalities to be considered before signing a bill of lading..

It is important to understand that the person signing the bill of lading acknowledges the details recorded on the bill of lading.. Any bill of lading signed with the knowledge of misrepresented facts may be considered to be a fraudulent document and may result in legal consequences for the signatory..

If you are a bill of lading signatory, here are 8 points that you need to consider before signing a bill of lading.. It may be a bit of a long read, but worth it.. ūüôā

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What are the mandatory details required for the transportation of hazardous cargo by road..??

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Hazardous goods can be defined as materials or items with hazardous properties which if not properly controlled, may present a potential hazard to human and animal health and safety, the environment and infrastructure..

Hazardous goods must be classified, packaged, marked, labelled and packed as per the regulations set out by the IMDG Code by the International Maritime Organisation and also needs to be handled with utmost care and consideration of its dangerous nature..

Any misdeclaration, miscommunication or incorrect documentation could have severe consequences and could prove disastrous to human lives on shore or on a ship..

We all need to understand that Dangerous Goods or Hazardous Goods have been given this name for a reason..

In this article we discuss the mandatory details required for the transportation of hazardous cargo by road.. Are the transporters taking these requirements seriously..?? Join the discussion..

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5 points to consider before packing your cargo

points to consider before packing your cargo

If you are an exporter and especially if you are exporting for the first time, you should have a checklist of points to consider before packing your cargo..

Here are 5 main points you should consider before packing your cargo..

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IMDG Code Amendment 38-16, 2016 Edition

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As you may be aware, the IMO, has announced that the IMDG Code, 2016 Edition comes into force on 1 January 2018 for two years..

During 2017, shippers and carriers may opt to use the provisions of IMDG Code 38th amendment (38-16) or 37th Amendment (37-14)..

Currently the IMDG Code 2014 Edition which came into force on 1st January 2016 is being used and the IMDG Code Supplement, 2014 Edition will remain valid until further notice..

So what is this IMDG Code 38th amendment (38-16) all about..??

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The Prophet of Doom and the IMDG code

From time to time, some people come into your life to make a deep impact.. While it is customary to write about the positive impact that some people make on your life, some times, we must also talk about people that create a misguided and negative impact in people’s life..

But some times, we must also talk about people that create a misguided and negative impact in people’s life..

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Are table tennis balls considered Dangerous Goods..??

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Are table tennis balls considered Dangerous Goods..??   You may wonder why is this even a question as it is a teeny tiny table tennis that many people from children to adults use in schools, colleges, resorts, community centers etc etc.. Well, as per Shashi Kallada this question has been asked many times by shippers, carriers, ports and forwarders for … Read more here..


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