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Dangers associated with the carriage of palm kernel shells

19 November 2020

Palm kernel shells are not to be confused with palm kernel expellers which is listed in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code under the generic entries of the various categories of seed cakes. Palm kernel shells are not listed in the IMSBC Code at the moment due to ongoing investigation about the actual properties of the cargo which does not in any way mitigate the dangers that these cargoes carry should one decide to go ahead and fix a shipment o it.

Dangers associated with the carriage of direct reduced iron (C ) fines

19 November 2020

A cargo that is extremely highly reactive in the presence of water, reacting with air to produce hydrogen, a flammable gas and heat.  The explosion and tragic loss of life on "Ythan" in 2004 as well as the deliberate sinking by the French Authorities of the “Adamandas” (2003) with her cargo and bunkers on board culminated into a new cargo entry called Direct reduced iron ore fines in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC ) Code.