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Classification bureaus warn of dangerous mine cargo

DNV GL and ClassNK become the latest bodies to warn the shipping industry about the dangers related to bauxite cargoes, which could potentially cause disasters for ships, after the Bulk Jupiter shipwreck earlier this year.

The two major classification bodies, European DNV GL and Japanese ClassNK, are now the latest industry bodies sounding the alarm bells after the shipwreck of dry cargo vessel Bulk Jupiter in January earlier this year. According to the accident report, the Bulk Jupiter likely sank because its 46,400 ton bauxite cargo transformed into a liquid mass due to the high humidity levels a few days after departure from Malaysia.

Bauxite is the central material used in the production of aluminum, and is also one a key business cargo in the dry bulk industry.

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