Seed cake carriage in containers – updated guideline published

Earlier this year, the International Group and CINS, the Cargo Incident Notification System, jointly published guidelines for the carriage of seed cake in containers. An updated version has been released containing some minor changes to the text including an updated description and some clarification of details following queries received from container ship operators.

The carriage of these cargoes continues to cause confusion and the potential for mis-declaration remains high with the consequent risk of fire on board container ships. Seed cake is the term used for pulp, cake, Continue reading “Seed cake carriage in containers – updated guideline published”

IIMS: What a marine surveyor needs to know about on-off hire condition and bunker surveys handy guide published

IIMS publishes new handyguide
IIMS publishes new handyguide

IIMS has published the twenty-third guide in its series ‘What a marine surveyor needs to know about’, this one covering the important topic of on-off hire condition and bunker surveys.

Capt Allen Brink, a Past President of IIMS and a marine surveyor with many years’ big ship experience, has authored this impressive handy guide, now released for sale. Allen was a driving force in the early days and was one of those who worked hard behind the scenes to get the Institute off the ground nearly 30 years ago.

Running to 244 pages, this comprehensive handy guide takes the surveyor through the main parts and requirements of conducting on-off hire condition and bunker surveys. The handy guide contains examples of a number of templated reports which the surveyor can adapt for his/her use. There are photos to assist, diagrams and examples of the certification and documentation the surveyor needs to inspect too.

The handy guide also contains the most comprehensive appendix with a selection of marine terms to assist the marine surveyor when conducting inspections of ships for charter purposes.

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BASS: New App set to ease the ship inspection process and paperwork

BASS has released a new mobile inspection app
BASS has released a new mobile inspection app

Norwegian maritime software company BASS has released a new mobile inspection app, which lets vessel and shore-based personnel go digital when conducting audits and inspections on site. It is fully integrated with the company’s core BASSnet™ SAFIR (Safety & Improvement Reporting) system, including predefined checklists and audit guides.

“Mobile apps have changed the way we approach everyday tasks, and it’s no different when it comes to safety checks,” says Per Steinar Upsaker, CEO and managing director of BASS. “Using predefined templates on-site means standardization of inspection checklists across the company and fleet. Updates can then be Continue reading “BASS: New App set to ease the ship inspection process and paperwork”

INTERCARGO publishes Bulk Carrier Casualty Report

INTERCARGO publishes Bulk Carrier Casualty Report
INTERCARGO publishes Bulk Carrier Casualty Report

The INTERCARGO Bulk Carrier Casualty Report provides an analysis of casualty statistics covering the years 2010 to 2019. Over that period, thirty-nine bulk carriers with 173 seafarers were reported lost, based on available reports of total losses and constructive total losses from public sources and IMO’s GISIS.

Cargo shift and/or liquefaction has been one of the greatest concerns for the safe carriage of dry bulk over Continue reading “INTERCARGO publishes Bulk Carrier Casualty Report”

IIMS Nigeria Branch 2018 Annual General Meeting report



My dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the first Annual General Meeting of our Association, International Institute of Marine Surveying Nigeria Branch.

You will recall on 31 May 2016, the West Africa Regional Director, Mr Monday Ogadina, inaugurated IIMS Nigeria Branch at this venue. It was about 35 days short of being exactly 2 years ago.

At the inauguration a 9-member Executive Management Committee was elected for the Branch and it consisted:
Chairman – Engr. Emeraku Ijioma
General Secretary – Engr. B. Peter Onwordi
Treasurer – Mr. Peter I. Enerichekor
Members – Capt. Tajudeen Alao
– Engr. Kuzi Onyibe
– Capt. Ade Olopoenia
– Capt. Benson Aja-Ukpabi
– Capt. Oladipupo Olubowale
– Mr. Ralph Opara

Some of us had been concerned that your Branch Chairman did not update members with situations concerning our branch. I appreciate our frustrations in this regard.

The truth is that the Executive Committee that you elected the day our IIMS NIGERIA Branch was inaugurated had been assiduously working toward ensuring that our Association is recognized by Nigerian laws so that we could go about our activities legitimately. I am happy to announce that we been registered and the name for our branch is INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MARINE SURVEYING ALUMINI ASSOCIATION, NIGERIA BRANCH. This is the name we were able to obtain Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) approval for. Following this, we proceeded to make sure that we opened a bank account which details have been circulated to members by the Treasurer.

The silence on our part had been occasioned by the fact that the EXCO need not bore members with challenges being faced in the process of registering the Association with CAC. I can assure you that major decisions regarding the selection of name were made with the consent IIMS Headquarters. The choice of name that we got was accepted so long as it is recognized by the laws of Nigeria. To the IIMS Headquarters, we remain IIMS Nigeria Branch.

I would like to, at this point, appreciate the collective and individual contributions of EXCO members toward the attainment of this goal. For your information, the EXCO members taxed themselves financially to make sure that we pursued the Branch CAC registration without having to deplete our funds. The Treasurer will present a detailed statement of our financial activities when he delivers the financial report.

We have listed important agenda items for deliberation and if there is anything we would like to discuss that was not included in the Agenda, we shall treat such under Any Other Business. Having said this, let me once again welcome us all to this 2018 AGM of IIMSAA Nigeria Branch.

Engr. Emeraku Ijioma OON CEng FRINA FNSE MIIMS FAEng
Naval Architect and Marine Surveyor

Report Magazine June 2018 edition available online

Highlights of the June 2018 Report Magazine, now available, include:

– The new REG Yacht Code is coming soon
– Lifecord is the new ‘smart’ kill cord
– IMO adopts ambitious climate change strategy for shipping
– Metals and their corrosion behaviour in seawater
– The Polar Code, one year on
– What constitutes a circumstance that may give rise to a claim and when should you report it to insurers
– Ursula Smith is the subject of ‘The day in the life of’
– Details of new Honorary Fellowships and Fellowships awarded
– A wealth of members’ news
– Plus a column from President elect, Capt Zarir Irani

Read the June 2018 Report Magazine online in e-reader format or download in pdf format The-Report-June-2018

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