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Nickel Ore

October 2016 - Japan Ship Owners’ Mutual Protection& Indemnity Association have issued further guidance on carriage of Nickel Ore Cargoes from the Philippines. Please also refer to circular No.12-005 and Japan P&I News No.780, “Philippines – Safe Carriage of Nickel Ore Cargoes”.
During rainy season from November to April in the Philippines, it is required to take more precautious measures for the issues of liquefaction of nickel ore exported from the Philippines. Particularly, far more care should be taken for cargoes exported from Surigao located in the Southern Philippines, where is the most popular location for loading nickel ore as well as prominent rain-fall areas. As it is too risky to simply accept the cargo certificate for water contents issued by a mine’s individual standard, it is advisable for shipowners to obtain independent samples for analysis and results prior to the vessels’ arrival in order to ascertain that the cargo is fit for loading by judging from Flow Moisture Point and Transportable Moisture Limit governed by an international code, the IMSBC.

September 2016 - SKULD have advised their members that the political situation in Mindanao, Philippines is very tense and there are severe risks connected with loading Nickel Ore in Mindanao. 

March 2016 - The American Club have issued an alert on the safe carriage of LATERITE NICKEL ORE after a judgement in the Chinese Court. The issue of safe carriage of laterite nickel ore has attracted attention of international society. A latest judgment of Chinese court shows that the IMSBC Code shall be applicable to the safe carriage of the laterite nickel ore. The master shall be cautious and prudent in deciding whether the cargo is suitable for safe carriage. Where heavy moisture of cargo is visible to the naked eyes, the master may, in his professional judgment, deem the cargo unsuitable for safe carriage and is further entitled to make decisions such as to cease the voyage, sun-dry the cargo and to carry out inspection etc. for the common safety of vessel, cargo and the crew, and the carrier shall not be held liable for his breach of obligation under shipping contract. Download the safety Alert HERE

January 2016 - UK P&I Club issued a reminder of the continuing problems with cargoes prone to liquefaction from South East Asia and, in particular, shipments of nickel ore from Philippines and bauxite from Malaysia. Heavy rains in the region are affecting the stockpiles and increasing the moisture content of the cargoes.The latest report from the P&I local correspondent in Philippines can be found HERE

In response to the sinking of four bulk carriers in very short succession carrying Nickel Ore and the tragic loss of 66 seafarers lives in those accidents, Intercargo, has produced the ‘Intercargo Guide for the Safe Loading of Nickel Ore’.
The Guide primarily aims to explain through use of an easy-to-follow flow-chart how Nickel Ore can continue to be safely shipped, within limitations, whilst raising awareness of the serious issue of cargo liquefaction, and is targeted at the widest possible distribution within industry including shippers, shipowners and ship’s masters’.

 The West of England P&I Club bulletin warns of the dangers carrying nickel ore from Indonesia and the Philippines. Nickel ore from Surigao and Dinagat has a particularly high clay content. Samples may appear to be satisfactory when subjected to a "can" test but may prove to be unsafe when sent to an independent laboratory for testing

The International Group of P&I Clubs information on nickel ore cargoes from Indonesia and Philippines can be downloaded here.

February 2013 - The American Club CIRCULAR NO. 07/13 lists requirements for additional surveys for cargoes loaded at Obi Island, Indonesia. Download the circular HERE 

The Japan Ship Owners’ Mutual Protection& Indemnity Association -  There has been increase of nickel ore shipment from Philippine as Indonesia banned this shipment in 2014. In addition, due to rainy season now at local, it appears that some vessels have faced liquefaction problems. We provide you with guidance from local P&I Correspondents, Pandiman Philippines, Inc. Your kind attention again to the problem and cautious manners would be appreciated.