Intercargo warns of continued risks of liquefied cargoes

Dry bulk association Intercargo is pleased with the new rules for high-risk cargoes prone to liquefy under excessive humidity. But the risk remains extremely high, warns the industry association.

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Humidity-related cargo failure mechanisms remain a huge risk for dry bulk shipping companies, warns industry association Intercargo, though the association is pleased with the introduction of new rules on the matter.

According to the association, 101 seafarers have lost their lives from 2008 to 2017 in incidents related to liquefaction, in which excessive humidity levels can change the state of commodities such as nickel and iron ore, making them liquid and thus displacing them in the cargo holds.

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