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Liquefaction of Bulk Cargoes

Day One of the Hazardous Cargoes Forum is dedicated to understanding the mechanisms of liquefaction in bulk cargoes and how to prevent them.

Make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your crew and cargo!

What is liquefaction?

Transporting bulk cargoes is often hazard free but carries the risk of liquefaction.  

Liquefaction of bulk cargoes is the process by which solid bulk cargoes are transformed into a liquid state, causing the vessel to unbalance. Steps have been taken by the IMO to provide guidelines to bulk carriers on how to prevent liquefaction. Unfortunately the mechanism by which liquefaction occurs is not truly understood and whilst ship-owners can employ a number of safeguards to prevent this danger from occurring, the full chain reaction of events, environmental and mechanical factors which cause liquefaction to begin are still unknown.  

Our event will look at the bulk cargoes which have a higher probability of liquefying such as iron ore, nickel ore and other mineral ores.

Liquefaction Agenda At A Glance

  • Mechanisms behind liquefaction
  • Guidelines and regulations for bulk cargoes prone to liquefaction
  • Shipowner’s checklist: what to be aware of and how to ensure you have appropriate documentation and certificates
  • Non-compliance of regulations and ideas for how to solve it
  • How P&I clubs are stepping up to prevent future incidents
  • Accurate sampling and test techniques to ensure cargo is within the correct limits