According to the official statistics, the greater part of cargo voyages ends successfully, but research by UK P&I Club reveals that, unfortunately, an increasing number do not. Across the industry, cargo loss or damage accounts for one out of four major insurance payouts. The gas is the world's favorite fuel, and keeping up with demand requires more and more ships, and more and more crews.

So, how will gas shipping meet the challenge of change? This official video release prepared by the UK P&I Club sheds some light on the most important aspects of transporting the gas cargo by sea. The authors are mainly focusing on the most frequently happening gas cargo claims and their causes; they are trying to find out how to avoid them. As it is the case with any other publication from this team, the video has the ultimate aim to increase the awareness of the people related to the causes of the common P&I claims for the damage and loss of transported cargo.

That is why we would consider these publications, and Gas Cargo Claims, in particular, the useful training material for all students and professionals, including ship owners, crew members and everyone involved in marine transportation of gas.

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The seafarers of today are commonly quite well aware of the serious risks that are associated with loading/unloading of various bulk cargoes. It should be noted, however, that sometimes the cargo itself can present a serious hazard. For example, the liquefaction of some cargoes may lead to the loss of stability and even capsizing of the vessel, while transportation of some other cargoes may be under the risks of the chemical reactions resulting in the explosion.

It is extremely difficult to deal with the real hazard, that is why it is always better to try to prevent it rather than cure. The IMSBC Code was released to provide necessary guidance to all people directly engaged in transportation of the bulk cargoes by sea. The list of the cargoes covered in the document includes about 150 names, and the Code addresses literally all important aspects of transportation - it will show how to properly assess the acceptability of the cargo, how to handle it, carry it on board the vessel and discharge at the destination point. The intention of the film is to provide the general introduction to the content of the Code and supplement it through presenting a logical process of the actions applicable to the transportation of these cargoes.

The target audience would include the crew members of the vessels transporting solid bulk cargoes, port authorities, marine surveyors, shore personnel and other parties involved. This video training film shall be supplementing the training booklet providing the text information on same topic.

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Handling Vegetable Oils

   As it is implied by the title of this training video, it addresses the proper handling of the vegetable oils. The main topics of the film are maintaining the quality of the cargo, preparation to load, actual loading, carriage and discharge of vegetable oils, personal hazards involved in the process, tank cleaning. The target audience of the program includes deck officers while a key objective is to emphasize the importance of following the cargo requirements abd operating procedures. It should be clearly understood that vegetable oils are very challenging type of cargos needing careful handling not deteriorating their quality and not increasing their FFA (free fatty acid) content. Of course, a preparation of the good cargo plan is an essential way to avoid the difficulties usually faced when dealing with veg oils...

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Methanol - Safe Handling - A Users Guide

   Methanol is used worldwide as an effective chemical commodity and fuel. This video is the information source for methanol. It has been developed to promote the safe handling of methanol and minimization of health risks to employees, work places, environment, and the community. It is supplementing the Methanol Safe Handling Manual also available at our website. The key points covered in this video are the basic physical properties of methanol, the key risks assiciated with handling of methanol, ways to minimize methanol exposure, fire, release into the environment, and what to do in case of an event involving the methanol.

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Oil Tanker - Cleaning Operation Animation

   A very short yet interesting and useful animation showing the process of the tank cleaning on oil tankers. Spend a couple of minutes watching this small training animation and you will get familiarized with the tank cleaning process on a big oil tankers utilizing the smaller vessel and pumping arrangements. Such animations can be used as the supplementary material for training crew members, students and future professionals of the industry.

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Singapore Standard for Bunkering
   Singapore is one of the world's busiest ports. With the steady growth in trading maritime activities over the years the port of Singapore has been experiencing the upwind trend in shipping arrivals and is constantly evolving to keep up the ever growing demand. The Singapore bunkering industry is a multi-billion dollars center which generates wider economic spin-offs for the economy. As an industry driver, the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore, or the MPA, plays the dynamic and proactive role in the development and growth of the Singapore port bunkering industry, working with all stakeholders to develop effective bunkering standards.

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The ship-shore interface (petroleum tankers)
   Arrival in port is a crucial time. First, you have to get alongside safely. And, once that's done, the real work begins. Relationship between the ship and the shore is absolutely fundamental, it is the key item which determines the safe operation of all activities at the jetty. The ship must have a good understanding and confidence in the shore offices, and the shore officers, equally, must have a sound understanding and knowledge of the work that ship people do. Without that, unfortunately, it is very-very difficult to be sure that the operation is set on a proper professional basis and if the ship shore-safety checklist is not followed, then your are facing a disaster.

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Tanker Practices - Tank Cleaning (part 3)
   In this presentation we will deal with cleaning and gas-freeng of cargo tanks and voids. Watch this video and you will have better knowledge of how the tank cleaning and gas-freeing is done on tanker vessels.
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