TT Talk - Outrageous! When will folk realise that Dangerous Goods really are dangerous?
"Shipment for calcium hypochlorite (Sodium process): In China, no shipping company accepts “Calcium Hypochlorite” in dry container, because they believe this is dangerous chemicals for dry container. For the above reason, to ship it in dry container, we must cover the name on the B/L, we show another name like: calcium hydroxide, calcium Chloride, ect [sic] on the B/L. in this way, we can ship it in dry container. The other way is to ship it in 20 feet or 40 feet reefer container (under 8 degree), this is legally acceptable by the shipping company but the sea freight is very expensive."In this instance, the International Group’s advice to limit the carriage to plastic drums weighing no more than 14 tonnes to assist air circulation was contravened due to the misdeclaration. In fact, 20 tonnes of calcium hypochlorite were carried in this unit. The damage to the ship was limited to one hold, mainly because neighbouring containers were laden mainly with non-combustible products. For once, this could have been far worse!For cargo interests, deliberate misdeclaration may well void your cargo insurance policy. Moreover, you could face liability of many millions of dollars for damage to the ship and other cargo on board.
TT Talk - Edition 152 (Chinese) (163 KB)
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Apart from the recent devastating explosion in Beirut, there has been a spate of ro-ro/car carrier fires in recent months, leading to fresh calls for improvements, scrutiny and control in relation to dangerous goods (DG). Container ship fires are always in mind.