Loss Prevention

Loss prevention is a key component of the West of England’s service. Find our full range of Loss Prevention guides, bulletins, safety posters and other materials below.

  • Accidents during Mooring Operations Bulletin PDF (891.7 KB)

  • Loading of Coal that has Exhibited Signs of Self-Heating Bulletin PDF (237.3 KB)

    Members are reminded that self-heating of coal is more likely when the coal is low rank, geologically immature material sourced from open cast mines such as that commonly hipped from Kalimantan in Indonesia.

  • Inaccuracies in Draught Surveys Bulletin PDF (192.2 KB)

    The Club regularly receives claims arising from alleged shortages of cargo as a result of discrepancies between draught survey results. 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.

  • Cargo Hold Cleaning Bulletin PDF (1.5 MB)

    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...

  • Aluminium Phosphide Fumigation Fire and Explosion Bulletin PDF (249.4 KB)

    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.

  • Interaction Damage to Vessels Moored Alongside Bulletin PDF (175.8 KB)

    Entered vessels continue to either suffer or cause damages in ports, rivers and canals because of the effects of hydrodynamic interaction from passing too close and / or too fast to moored vessels. This Alert explains the interactions experienced between a passing and moored vessel, recommends safeguard measures, factors to be considered and actions to be taken following a damage event.

  • Bunker Quality Disputes Part 1: Practical and Technical Measures Bulletin PDF (494.5 KB)

    When off-specification bunkers are used the consequences can be serious, and may involve machinery damage and significant delays and expenses. This Bulletin deals with the actions and steps that should be considered in order to avoid off-specification bunker disputes.

  • Malaria - Practical Guidance for Seafarers Bulletin PDF (427.2 KB)

    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 m...

  • Coal Cargoes - Measuring Methane Gas Levels in Cargo Holds Bulletin PDF (202.6 KB)

    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.