Loss Prevention Bulletins

Please check this page at regular intervals as further Loss Prevention Bulletins are in the process of being added.

Inaccuracies in Draught Surveys - May 2018

The Club regularly receives claims arising from alleged shortages of cargo as a result of discrepancies between draught survey results. Draught surveys by their very nature are not an exact science, and the accuracy of the calculated cargo figure may vary typically by between 0.5 and 1.0%. However, there are occasions when considerable differences in the cargo figures derived from the draught surveys are obtained. The purpose of this Loss Prevention Bulletin is to remind deck officers of the principal sources of errors which may affect the survey results, such that they can be taken into account when shortages in the cargo are found.

Aluminium Phosphide Fumigation – Fires and Explosions - April 2017

Recently the Club has experienced several fires and explosions in cargo holds on-board bulk carriers where aluminium phosphide tablets had been applied to fumigate agricultural products. This Loss Prevention Bulletin addresses the fumigation process, problems encountered and precautionary measures that should be taken.

Cargo Hold Cleaning - April 2017

When cargo holds are presented for loading cargoes in bulk and they are not sufficiently clean for the intended cargo, delays, off-hire and charter party disputes can arise. Insufficient cleaning can also cause cargo contamination and infestation, leading to cargo damage claims from cargo receivers. This Loss Prevention Bulletin deals with the various issues surrounding the cleaning of holds with operational guidance addressing the preparation and cleaning of holds.

Malaria - Practical Guidance for Seafarers - August 2016

Malaria is a potentially life threatening illness responsible for hundreds of thousands of fatalities every year, and the Club continues to encounter claims where crewmembers have contracted this mosquito borne infectious disease. Due to the nature of their work seafarers may regularly visit ports where Malaria is prevalent. In order to reduce the likelihood of seafarers getting malaria, this Bulletin contains advice on the practical measures that should be taken to minimise the risk of catching the disease.

Coal Cargoes - Measuring Methane Gas Levels in Cargo Holds - January 2016

It has become apparent that on vessels carrying coal cargoes that are liable to self-heat, the Deck Officers are often unaware that a low oxygen content in a hold will affect the accuracy of methane gas readings taken using a catalytic type gas detector. This Bulletin describes the problem and explains how accurate methane gas measurements can be taken from cargo spaces containing a low oxygen concentration.

The Carriage of Soya Beans in Bulk - September 2015

Soya beans are typically carried in bulk, and due to the nature of the product claims for damage are frequently encountered, as well as occasional shortage claims. This Loss Prevention Bulletin addresses the particular characteristics of soya beans and the precautionary measures that should be taken to achieve a sound outturn of this cargo.

The Carriage of Rice - August 2015

The carriage of rice in bags and in bulk is an established trade. However, claims for damage and/or shortages frequently arise. This Bulletin contains guidance on the problems associated with the carriage of rice along with various precautionary measures that may help to reduce rice cargo claims.

The Carriage of Reefer Containers - July 2015

Although the carriage of chilled and frozen cargo in reefer (refrigerated) containers has been performed for many years, the Club continues to experience claims for alleged cargo damage. This Bulletin includes guidance for ships’ crews on the loading and carriage of reefer containers to help reduce the possibility of claims arising, along with general information on their operation and use.

Marine Diesel Engine Lubrication - May 2015

Main engine breakdowns due to heavily contaminated lubricating oil have been experienced by several, relatively new, entered vessels recently. This Bulletin addresses the reasons why such breakdowns may occur, and details the measures that should be employed onboard to prevent such incidents.

Transfers by Personnel Basket - September 2014

Basket transfers on tankers engaged in STS operations, and involving vessels arriving at offshore terminals are becoming more common; this Bulletin contains guidance on the aspects of this operation that need to be considered and addressed when basket transfers are proposed.

Stowaways - December 2013

Advice to shore managers and seagoing personnel on the perennial problem of stowaways; detailing the high risk areas, measures to help prevent boarding, the conduct of stowaway searches, stowaway hiding places and dealing with stowaways.

Enclosed Space Entry - October 2012

Guidance and information concerning the identification of enclosed spaces, the hazards associated with entry and the precautionary measures necessary when entering enclosed spaces.

The use of ECDIS Alarms - April 2012

Incidents where ECDIS alarms have not been properly set or utilised and vessels have subsequently grounded, and recommendations covering the correct use of ECDIS alarms

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