• 2018 October 10 12:12

    International experts focus attention on tank containers with FRP shells

    Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS, the Register) was a participant to the international events where the issues related to containers were reviewed among others, RS says in a press release. In September 2018 the IMO Sub-Committee on containers and goods (CCC5) session and the annual International Tank Containers Organization (ITCO) Assembly were held.

    Traditionally, at the IMO Sub-Committee on containers and goods (CCC5) session a number of Maritime Administrations submitted their reports of incidents involving dangerous goods in packaged form. Based on reports, most frequently the accidents are caused by improper goods marking and inappropriate stowage/securing inside cargo transport units. The Sub-Committee urged all administrations that had not yet submitted their reports, to give the highest priority to the above activities, as that information ensured developing effective measures to reduce accident rates, and specifically by clarifying international requirements.

    Among other issues on containers, the Sub-Committee considered information provided by the Bureau of International Containers (BIC) to create and maintain the databases on containers and for Approved Continuous Examination Programme (ACEP).

    The specialists focused on the subject first voiced by Russian Federation (RF) delegation at MSC.98 in 2017. The speech was the point of reference for development of normative requirements relating to tank containers with fiber-reinforced (FRP) shells, the advantages of those being ever more uncontested.

    In particular, at the held session the importance of safety criteria was emphasised to be consistent with the applicable ones to tank containers with metal vessels. Approval of IMO type 4 tanks (road tank vehicles) was discussed regarding transportation by sea in compliance with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code). The Sub-Committee members were informed that a working group was currently functioning within the framework of the UN Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNTDG) to prepare and introduce relevant additions to the Orange Book (Recommendations of UN Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods). According to the activity schedule, the international requirements for tank containers with fiber-reinforced (FRP) shells were expected to be developed for next two years, after that the recommendations will be included in the IMDG Code. The Sub-Committee members expressed complete support for the working group activities.

    The above subject was addressed at ITCO Assembly as well. The organization confirmed its willingness to participate in developing the normative requirements for tank containers with fiber-reinforced (FRP) shells.

    Among other things, the participants were offered information about the RF proposal to UNTDG as regards performing the strength calculations for tank container vessels. The issues were discussed regarding potential risks associated with misclassification of dangerous goods, corrosion impact on the technical condition of transport equipment, problematic classification of equipment to the requirements of IMDG Code and European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR), etc.

    Established in 1913, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is one of the leading classification societies. Recognised by the European Union. Member of IACS. The RS activity is aimed at enhancing high standards of maritime safety and minimising the negative impact of human activities on the environment through scientifically based risk assessment and risk management procedures.




2018 December 14

18:17 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama
17:48 Petersburg Oil Terminal puts into operation its emergency response team
17:33 Vinalines to open container shipping centre next week
17:30 Fairway adjustment will simplify Elbe traffic control already next year
17:27 Final cruise ship for the year calls to the Port of Gothenburg
17:23 The MV Magda joins the Klaveness Bulkhandling pool
17:16 India’s containerised export up 10% in the third quarter of 2018
17:13 FSL Trust announces newbuilding agreement for the construction of two LR2 product tankers
17:13 Havyard project with Havila Kystruten on hydrogen-powered coastal route operations to receive over NOK 100 million in funding from Pilot-E
16:24 World Fuel Services expands bunker operations in US leading up to 2020
15:57 IMO held training workshops in Cameroon Single Window for Foreign Trade Transactions
14:49 Onezhsky Shipyard lays down self-propelled hopper barge of Project HB600
14:08 Irish Continental Group plc takes delivery of cruise ferry W.B.Yeats
13:55 WMU takes part in Ocean Literacy Conference
13:31 First in industry ADNOC co-loads LPG and propylene onto same vessel in Ruwais
13:10 WMU hosted round table discussion regarding key challenges facing IMO
12:53 Bunker market at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia shows mixed price movements (graph)
12:32 Nordic American Offshore secures contract for its PSV NAO Viking
12:11 Rosrybolovstvo supports 2nd Dredging and Hydraulic Engineering Structures Congress
11:50 Association of Commercial Sea Ports celebrates its 30th anniversary
11:24 Gazprom and Itochu sign MoU under Baltic LNG project
11:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreement
10:48 Domestic ferry safety exercise conducted in Indonesia
10:25 IMO holds training for managing insecurity in west Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden
10:06 EC adds six new yards to its ‘European List of ship recycling facilities’
09:47 Brent Crude futures price down 0.61% to $61.05, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.4% to $52.37
09:25 GTT notified by HSHI for the tank design of two new LNG carriers for CMM
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,365 points
08:06 Fincantieri publishes its Sustainability Plan 2018-2022
07:14 Port of Long Beach cargo volume up to 621,835 TEU in November 2018
06:09 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for LPG carrier "LAUREL PRIME"

2018 December 13

18:43 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol hit 19-millionth tonne mark
18:28 Port of Kaliningrad throughput in Jan-Nov rose 4% to nearly 13 million tonnes
18:25 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
17:49 Hapag-Lloyd to cancel calls at Port of Bremerhaven
17:25 Building of Johan Sverdrup Phase II begins
17:19 Port of Vyborg 11-month cargo volumes soar 24% to 1.72 million tonnes
17:13 Seabridge first in Belgium to receive the SCA certificate
17:08 Jan De Nul cleans up polluted beaches along the coast in southern France
17:07 Bunker fuel prices at Far Eastern ports close the week lower
17:00 Murmansk Region will improve water safety regulations – Marina Kovtun
16:47 Port of Vysotsk cargo volume in Jan-Nov rises 6% to 16.86 million tonnes
16:36 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and NAODAN Chartering
16:30 Murmansk Region Governor is a member of revised State Commission for Arctic Development Issues
16:26 YILPORT Holding wins Port Operator Award at Lloyd’s List Global Awards
16:03 Rosmorport releases RFPs for design of an DF 12/14MW icebreaker
15:49 Jotun and Kansai Paint build relationship to meet marine and protective demand
15:46 Baltic Sea Ports Authority icebreakers assist merchant vessels in the Gulf of Finland
15:21 Containerships receives its first LNG-powered container vessel
14:44 Uncertainty lingers in fuel markets despite OPEC cuts
14:17 Maersk Line receives Containership Operator of the Year award
14:13 Iran-Indonesia to develop port cooperation
13:22 NOIA: U.S. territories need the Offshore Wind for Territories Act
13:12 QPS inks first "Green Loan" with BNP Paribas
12:48 Panama Canal signs agreement with Brazil's Port of Itaqui
12:32 Port of Ust-Luga throughput in Jan-Nov drops 4% to 90.27 million tonnes (updates)
11:34 Port of St. Petersburg eleven-month volume rises 11% to 54.15 million tonnes (updated)
11:06 Nonius Engineering to join the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its sponsor and speaker
10:16 Crude oil futures gain to $ 60,44 (Brent) and $ 51,32 (WTI)
09:07 Baltic Dry Index down 0.81% to 1353 points