Happy New Years from NAMSGlobal. We are entering a new year, with great prospects. In November NAMS members spoke, electing Dick Frenzel as National President and Greg Gant as National Vice President. NAMS is proceeding to the goals of being a global organization, which also is looking to the need of its members. Dick and Greg will assume their duties at the Members Only Breakfast at the upcoming national conference. Please welcome and support Dick and Greg to these positions.

NAMS is holding its 48th Annual National Marine Conference East April 25th -27th  in Charleston, SC. Janet Peck and her team are currently finalizing the arrangements and it looks like that it will be one of the most aggressive agenda we have had in a very long time. In addition, Janet accepted the position as Chair of the Education Committee to help further support our members in providing education opportunities for our membership. Remember, this conference provides members one of the best opportunities to obtain continuing education. I strongly encourage all members to contact and invite their friends in the industry, and non-NAMSGlobal members this conference.

William C Hansen, NAMS-CMS, National President

National Office Message

2010 Dues – Dues statements were mailed to the membership in December, 2009. Please contact Evie in the NAMS office if you have not received your dues notice.

Members who would like to arrange their dues payment into three monthly installments can do so by sending in their first payment in January with a written request on your invoice, followed by a payment in February, with last payment before the March 31, 2010 deadline. All dues and final payments must be received by March 31st to avoid the 25% surcharge. NAMS accepts MasterCard and Visa.

Continuing Education Credits – Please send in your continuing education credits as they are earned during the year. The current CE period is November 1, 2009 – October 31, 2010. Doing so will allow the NAMS office next November to focus time on other services and needs for the members.

Election Results – The results of the election   for NAMS National President and National Vice President for the Class of 2010/2011 were compiled and certified in December by the election Tellers: Edward Shearer, NAMS-CMS, National Secretary; Steven Weiss, NAMS-CMS and Ronald Sikora, NAMS-CMS. NAMS is pleased to announce that Mr. Richard Frenzel, NAMS-CMS is the National President Elect, and Mr. Greg Gant, NAMS-CMS is the National Vice President Elect.

And a Thank You to Mark Shiffer for the time you put into your campaign and your continued willingness to serve NAMS.

Crossing The Bar

We are sad to report that Peter Gruny, of Diego Martin, Trinidad, West Indies passed away on January 1, 2010. Mr. Gruny was a NAMS member since 1998.

NAMS Applicants, New Members, & Changes In Status

New Applicants
Name Level Region Sponsor
Kenneth W. Rorison CMS W. Canada Chris Small
Kelly Thody Apprentice W. Canada Alan Betton
Steven P. King CMS W. Rivers Pete Merrill
Certified Members elected as of 29 December 2009
Name Discipline Region Sponsor
Rick Martin Y&SC N. Pacific Jay McEwen
Richard Schiehl Y&SC E. Gulf Michael Schiehl
Apprentice Members elected as of 29 December 2009
Name Discipline Region Sponsor
Freedom Dennis Cargo C. Pacific Randall Lund
Fritz Everson Y&SC G. Lakes Kevin Bache
Members Change In Status as of 31 December 2009
Name Region Change Status To:
William J. Campbell, NAMS-CMS C. Atlantic Retired
John Stormer, NAMS-CMS W. Gulf Retired
William Barnhardt, NAMS-CMS G. Lakes Retired
Henry Olsen, Retired N. Pacific Reinstated NAMS-CMS
Jim Quarles, Associate N. Pacific Resigned
Timothy Treadwell, Apprentice N. York Resigned

Upcoming Educational Events

11 February 2010, Alameda, CA – NAMS Central Pacific Region Meeting

The topic is the upcoming NAMSGlobal Fall 2010 Conference in San Francisco, CA and regional officer nominations. There is also a guest speaker. For more information, please contact Joseph Rodgers at 831.475.4468 or[email protected]

17-18 February 2010, London, UK

International Conference on Marine Coatings (Call for Papers) More info at:

20 February 2010, Tampa, FL – South Atlantic Region meeting

Dick Learned, RVP will conduct a planning session for the S. Atlantic Region. Dick Fenzel, National President Elect will be in attendance and speak on plans for the organization nationally and also will give a presentation on Joint Surveys. Ralph Wood will give a presentation on Cargo, Container and Facilities security issues. Mike Beijar will talk about the NAMSGlobal website and its benefit to our members and also talk about the importance of individual member websites. He will also talk about the NAMSGlobal eNews (formally the NAMS News). The cost is $50 / person and includes lunch (Cuban sandwiches).

The meeting location is The Holiday Inn Express at 3035 North Rocky Point Drive E., Tampa. Its only a few minutes from Tampa International Airport (free shuttle to and from airport) and from I275 (use your favorite map program for directions). We have a Group Room Rate of $80 / night (plus taxes) for those coming in on Friday and / or wishing to stay over on Saturday night. For the Group Room Rate, please call Carolina Pacheco, sales manager, at 813.289.6262 x602 for reservations and tell her National Association of Marine Surveyors.

27 – 28 February 2010, Moorhead City, NC – Draft Survey Course

Marine Cargo Consultants, LLC will be holding a two-day school of instruction on the practice of draught surveys February 27 – 28 in Moorhead City, North Carolina. Limited to 10 students, the program will take the mystery out of the science of accurately determining a vessel’s weight by water displacement. Designed for the tank gauger / petroleum inspector who has no previous draft survey experience, the program will be presented by an instructor who is an extremely experienced and practicing draft surveyor in fun, relaxed and easy to understand format. Using surveys and publications collected from actual vessels attended by the instructor, attention will be directed toward practical application rather than only text book instruction. Draft survey school will take place February 27 – 28 (Sat – Sun) in the Maritime Building at the NC State Port Authority – Morehead City. For complete course description, please direct your inquiry to: [email protected] or 202-239-2729.

11-14 March, 2010, San Francisco, California

American Society of Appraisers is giving the ME 208 Marine Equipment Appraisal course in San Francisco, California. It will be put on by ASA NorCal Chapter. Details will be posted on the ASA website. Location: L’Olivier Restaurant, 465 Davis Court, San Francisco, Ca 94111 Tel. 415-981-7824

Norman Laskay, ASA, NAMS-CMS and Capt. Joseph Rodgers, ASA, NAMS-CMS will offer the 4-day MTS course ME208 Marine Survey. This course is designed for the marine professional who wants to learn more about the appraisal side of the industry and the non-marine professional who wants basic knowledge of the industry. The course may be taken as a three-day seminar or, with an optional three hour exam on the fourth day, as an accredited course. Course/seminar includes a field trip to a shipyard to inspect a vessel under the guidance of two expert surveyors. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Manual included. Register before February 11, 2010 for discount rate

You will learn:

  • Functions of marine surveyor and appraiser
  • Scope of the marine industry
  • Identification of marine systems, commercial & yacht
  • Marine equipment vocabulary
  • Identification of marine equipment, commercial & yacht
  • Preparing the report
  • Application of the three approaches to value
  • Types of Bluewater/Brownwater equipment

17-19 March 2010, Hanoi, Vietnam

The 5th Vietnam International Exhibition on Shipbuilding, Marine Technology & Transportation – VIETSHIP 2010. National Convention Centre, My Dinh, Tu Liem, Hanoi, Vietnam. Contact: Email: [email protected] Fax: +84-4 398 44 108. Website:

25 – 27 April, 2010, Charleston, South Carolina

NAMSGlobal 48th Annual National Marine Conference East. Conference theme: In Pursuit of Excellence. Conference Chair, Janet Peck, NAMS-CMS. Location: The Embassy Suites Historic Charleston, 337 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403. Room rate $179.00 plus taxes per night for a 2-Room Suite. Further details will be available at

For hotel reservations phone 843.723.6900. In order to receive the special group rates, you will need to make your room reservation by Wednesday, March 24, 2010, and identify the group and dates of the events. NAMS Group Code: NMS

17-19 May, 2010, Baltimore, Maryland

The 2010 Clean Atlantic conference is being planned. The three-day conference will focus on environmental and wildlife issues, and a significant portion of the panel discussions will be focused on the upcoming Salvage & Firefighting regulations. More information will be posted at the website:

22- 24 August, 2010

NAMSGlobal 42nd Annual National Marine Conference West: Conference Chair, Lorne Gould, NAMS-CMS. Location: Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf, 250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA. 94133. Room rate $129.00 plus taxes per night.

For direct hotel reservations phone 415.392.6700 or Central Reservations 877.497.1212. In order to receive the special group rates, you will need to identify the group and dates of the events, and make your room reservation by Wednesday, August 6, 2010.

Requirements, Standards And Guidance For Surveying Uninspected Commercial Vessels

The following are some of the standards that should be used when surveying uninspected commercial vessels such as uninspected passenger vessel, tugs, commercial fishing vessels and barges.

  1. US Coast Guard Requirements.
  2. 33 CFR and 46 CFR.

1) 46 CFR Subchapter C applies specifically to uninspected vessels. You should already be familiar with the requirements for an EPIRB, PFDs and fire protection equipment in this subchapter but there are other sections you should become familiar with:

  1. a) 46 CFR 25, Requirements. Note 46 CFR 25.35, Backfire Flame Control, and 46 CFR 25.40, Ventilation, for gasoline powered commercial boats (but not uninspected passenger vessels); and 46 CFR 25.45, Cooking, Heating and Lighting Systems, which applies to vessels carrying passengers for hire.
  2. b) 46 CFR 26, Operations;
  3. c) 46 CFR 27, Towing Vessels;
  4. d) 46 CFR 28, Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels. Subpart E covers stability. The National Cargo Bureau offers an excellent correspondence course designed for fishing boat captains on Fishing Vessel Stability that I highly recommend taking if you are going to do commercial fishing vessels. A bonus is that this course will give you 14 days sea time on your license as well as SAMS CEUs. A glance at the vessel’s stability book can be illuminating. A stability book that is several years old and in pristine condition may tell you something about the owner/operator. You should always inquire as to whether it has been updated to allow for any major structural changes.

2) 46 CFR 67: documentation requirements. Smaller vessels may be registered with the state in accordance with 33 CFR 171.73. Some river barges may be undocumented but registered with the state to comply with its tax code.

3) 46 CFR 12 and 46 CFR 15: licensing requirements.

4) 33 CFR has elements that apply to uninspected commercial vessels:

  • Subchapter O, MARPOL;
  • Subchapter P, Ports & Waterways Safety.
  • 33 CFR 164.35, Equipment All Vessels, is especially important as it concerns required navigation items such as a searchlight, magnetic compass, radar, charts, etc.

5) 33 CFR 104: security requirements for tank barges and their tugs.

6) 33 CFR 164.74 or 164.76: towline and terminal gear for tugs depending on whether they are towing astern or or towing alongside or pushing ahead.

7) 33 CFR 26: requires radios on vessels over 26 feet.

8) 33 CFR Subpart I, J, & K: Electrical Systems, Fuel Systems, and Ventilation (respectively) for gasoline powered uninspected passenger vessels.

9) 33 CFR Subpart C: requirements for visual distress signals.

10) 33 CFR 88.05 requires a copy of the NAVRULES aboard vessels over 12 meters.

11) NAVRULES define navigation lights and their placement (Rule 24) and sound-producing devices (Rule 33). 33 CFR Subchapter E has some additional information on these items.

  1. Coast Guard Navigation and Inspection Circulars (NVICs). Several useful circulars are:

1) NVIC 5-86, Voluntary Standards for US Uninspected Commercial Fishing Vessels. They recommend that a vessel’s electrical systems comply with 46 CFR 110–113 and that its machinery comply with 46 CFR 50–64.

2) NVIC 5-92, Guidelines for Wire Rope Towing Hawsers.

3) NVICs 7-68, 7-95 and 8-87 on repairing steel, wood and fiberglass vessels, respectively.

  1. The Coast Guard’s Alternate Compliance Safety Agreement Checklist for commercial fishing vessels has much good information that could be incorporated into any survey. Some of it can be used for tugs.
  2. Various Coast Guard Vessel Safety Inspection Checklists for commercial fishing vessels. Several Coast Guard Districts have published their own versions. If your District has published one you should be using it. If they haven’t, I suggest you use one from another district and modify it as necessary.
  3. The Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area LANTAREAINST 16710.1 Enclosure (1), Requirements for Uninspected Towing Vessels (Jan 2007), contains useful guidance on tugs. Dick Frenzel gave out copies of this at the regional meeting last March.
  4. FCC Requirements. 47 CFR 80 requires a “ship station license” for any ship with radios. 46 CFR 80.13(c) states in part that “A ship station licensed by rule is authorized to transmit radio signals using a marine radio operating in the 156–162 MHz band, any type of AIS, any type of EPIRB, and any type of radar installation.”
  5. OSHA Requirements.
  1. Uninspected vessels are required to comply with OSHA (29 CFR) in those areas where the Coast Guard doesn’t apply. Coast Guard standards apply in those marine specific safety areas such as fire protection equipment, PFDs, survival suits, etc. Anyone surveying these vessels should have a copy of the Department of Labor letter CPL 02-01-020 – CPL – 2-1.20, OSHA/US Coast Guard Authority over Vessels (11/08/1996). This can be found online by Googling. There is a 30-hour OSHA manager’s course, given by various safety training organizations on-line and in various on-site venues that anyone surveying uninspected commercial vessels should take. This will give you a basic understanding of OSHA and its requirements. This course can be taken online. The one I took also provided a written copy of the OSHA requirements as part of the course, which was cheaper than buying the CFRs.
  2. The North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners Association (NPFVOA) has published the COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY OSHA COMPLIANCE GUIDE (Revision 4/November 2007) that is also helpful for tugs and barges as well as commercial fishing vessels. It also includes useful information on 29 CFR 1915 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Shipyard Employment and 29 CFR 1918 Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring. They also publish separately a volume entitled SHIP REPAIR SAFETY & HEALH which cover those OSHA guidelines applicable to any ship repair facility.
  3. Surveying vessels to OSHA standards is really a safety awareness exercise. What looks unsafe on board this vessel and what does OSHA say about it?
  1. Industry standards.
  1. ABYC Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft. While ABYC Standards state they are for small craft, small craft is not defined and the standards do not state they are for pleasure craft only. Various ABYC standards are referenced by the Coast Guard in some areas of 46 CFR.
  2. NFPA 302, Fire Protection Standard for Pleasure and Commercial Motor Craft, 2010 edition. NFPA 302 states that it applies to vessels less than 300 gross tons that are used for pleasure or commercial purposes.
  3. National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Standard 0400, Installation Standards for Marine Electronic Equipment Used on Moderate-Sized Vessels. The latest version is 3.0. The NMEA 2000 Networking standards may also apply. NMEA defines a moderate size vessel as 20–150 feet and less than 300 gross tons.
  4. NPFVOA Vessel Safety Manual. This has a lot of good information on commercial fishing vessel safety. Although the focus is on vessels fishing North Pacific waters, there is much that is useful for vessels fishing other waters.

If you know of additional standards, please forward the details to the author: [email protected]

Courtesy Capt. Joe Derie, AMS, SAMS, NAMS-CMS, CMI; and the SAMS Pacific Region Notebook.

Terminal Operators Face Claims In Rotterdam Rules

Port terminal operators will move into the “front line” for insurance claims from cargo interests and shippers under the still to be ratified Rotterdam Rules cargo liability convention, a top London maritime lawyer has warned. Holman Fenwick Willan partner Craig Neame said: “If these rules come into effect, it will be the first time that terminal operators have found themselves subject to a mandatory convention.” Mr. Neame, who described the Rotterdam Rules as “a cargo-friendly convention”, added that their implementation would produce “a very different claims environment” for global port operators, which currently do not have a contractual relationship with cargo interests.” At the moment, port terminal operators have a relatively small number of big customers, the carriers themselves, and all claims are funneled through them. If the cargo interests come to you directly, you tell them to go away and to speak to their contractual counterparty,” he said. “That funnel will disappear. Instead of the carriers being the front line of claims, it will be the terminal operators themselves.” But under the Rotterdam Rules, which still require 20 states to ratify them before they enter into force, terminal operators become a “maritime performing party”, having a joint and several liability. It means that the cargo interests can cherry-pick who they want to bring their claim against. (Lloyd’s List, 11/13/2009.)

Courtesy AIMU Weekly Bulletin.

UK – Examination Of Container Stack Collapse

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) issued the summary of its preliminary examination of a container stack collapse on a container feeder in Bremerhaven on October 3, 2009. During discharge operations, the containers in one bay toppled to port. As a result, 18 containers were lost overboard. Examination revealed that top containers in seven of the nine stacks shown on the stowage plan as being empty actually had cargoes ranging between 15 and 30 tons. The carrier was using a software program that did not update when the shipper provided more accurate contents details. A new software program is being introduced by the carrier. (1/5/10).

Courtesy: Bryant’s Maritime Blog – Bryant’s Maritime Consulting [email protected] Website Dennis L. Bryant

Prompt Inspection Matters

The need to clearly note, promptly inspect and notify a carrier of a damaged shipment were pointed up in a case involving damaged printing equipment delivered by air where a claim was found to be time barred. (American Home Assurance Co. v. Kuehne + Nagel. No. 06 Civ. 6389(DFE). SDNY. Sept. 29, 2009.) Océ Printing Systems sold a printer to Caterpillar. As contract carrier, Kuehne + Nagel agreed to deliver the cargo (contained in 12 cartons) from Munich, Germany to Caterpillar in Peoria, Ill. K + N hired Polar Air Cargo Inc., which took it to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and Alliance, Polar’s groundhandling agent, brought it from the tarmac to Alliance’s warehouse. K + N hired R&M Trucking to pick up the cargo from Alliance and deliver it to a K + N warehouse in Elk Grove, Ill. The court said it appeared the cargo was damaged prior to its arrival in Elk Grove. Caterpillar had North American Van Lines pick up the cargo in Elk Grove facility, and its driver made notations of damage to the boxes, though there was some dispute about what the notations said. Article 31 of the Montreal Convention requires that, in the case of cargo damage, “the person entitled to delivery must complain to the carrier (in writing) forthwith after the discovery of the damage, and, at the latest, within … 14 days from the date of receipt.” Caterpillar received the cartons and their contents on Sept. 16, 2004. Within the next 14 days, either Caterpillar, Océ or Océ’s cargo underwriter was required to give the defendant a written complaint. All three failed to do so. The court said pursuant to Article 31 of the Montreal Convention, it granted the defendant’s motion for dismissal and denied the plaintiff’s cross-motion for summary judgment. (American Shipper, 1/2010.)

Courtesy AIMU Weekly Bulletin.

Exception To Yacht Policy Exclusion Covers Latent Defect

French Cuff, Ltd, v. Markel American Insurance Company, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 6998 (11th Cir., 2009). French Cuff purchased a new 64-foot catamaran in 2003. In 2006 structural deterioration was detected including a vertical crack in the aft bulkhead of the port hull, flexing of the port hull and separation of the port hull from the aft transverse support system.

French Cuff’s surveyor reported that the bulkheads and transverse aft supports had lost much of their structural integrity. Markel, French Cuff’s insurer, hired its own surveyor who concluded that the buckling and delamination were due to the manufacturer’s use of a foam core that was either too thin or too friable, and that the flexing of the deck was due to either the choice of the core material, the use of too thin a foam core or the failure to build internal deck frames. Markel denied French Cuff’s claim under the design and manufacturing defect exclusion of its policy.

French Cuff bought a diversity action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, claiming the loss was covered because the design and manufacturing defect exclusion in the policy has an exception for latent defects. The policy provided in pertinent part: We will not pay for a loss, damage or expense caused by or resulting from: c. manufacturer’s defect in design. However, if the loss or damage has not resulted from negligence of any insured, this exclusion does not apply to loss, damage or expense directly caused by explosion, bursting of boilers, breakage of shafts or any latent defect in the hull or machinery (excluding the cost and expenses of replacing or renewing the defective part).

Markel moved for summary judgment, arguing that to fall within the latent defect exception to the policy exclusions, the defect must not be a manufacturing design defect; and that French Cuff has not produced any evidence that the loss was caused by a latent defect, rather than a design or manufacturing defect. The district court granted summary judgment to Markel. On French Cuff’s appeal, the parties agreed that Florida law applied.

The 11th Circuit reversed, holding that under Florida law a court must read every clause of the policy so as to give it effect, if possible. Focusing on the policy language in the paragraph immediately following the exclusion of manufacturing and design defects (“this exclusion does not apply to loss, damage or expense directly cause by … any latent defect in the hull…”), the Court refused to read out of the policy the latent defect exception to the exclusion. The Court of Appeals also agreed that French Cuff put forth evidence of a “flaw in the material” of the vessel’s hull or machinery, existing when the yacht or its components were built. Granting that “flaw” is not precisely defined term of art, and that each party proffered a reasonable interpretation of “flaw in the material” (foam cores too thin or friable versus chemical impurities in the material), the insured should prevail: Under Florida law, if an insurance policy has two reasonable interpretations, one of which provides coverage, and another precluding coverage, it is ambiguous. Accordingly, since the phrase “flaw in the material” in this policy is ambiguous, we construe it in favor of French Cuff to include defects such as foam that is too thin or friable for use as a bulkhead core, even though the foam may be perfectly good foam. Since French Cuff has put forward some evidence that the loss was caused by a latent defect as defined in the policy, summary judgment for the insurer was inappropriate. (US MLA Fall 2009 Marine Ins. Committee Newsletter.)

Courtesy AIMU Weekly Bulletin.

Encouragement And Proportionality In Salvage Awards

The UK High Court of Justice issued a well-reasoned decision on the application of the principles of encouragement and proportionality in salvage awards. In the instant case, a bulk carrier loaded with copper concentrate grounded in a remote waterway in Chile. Owners and cargo interests entered into a Lloyd’s Open Forum (LOF) salvage contract with a salvage company. After a lengthy and complex salvage effort, the ship and its cargo (with a total combined value of over $166 million) were salved. The arbitrator awarded remuneration in the amount of $34.5 million. The appeal arbitrator increased the remuneration to $40.75 million. The owners and cargo interests appealed. The court reversed and remanded the decision of the appeal arbitrator, finding possible error on two grounds. While the appeal arbitrator properly recognized application of the principle of encouragement in salvage awards, he improperly cited the possibility of difficult economic conditions in the future as a factor to be considered. Also, while the arbitrator cited the principle of proportionality in salvage awards, his decision incorrectly states that the principle has little application in complex cases such as this. Ocean Crown v. Five Oceans Salvage, [2009] EWHC 3040 (QBD Admiralty Court, 26 November 2009).

Courtesy: Bryant’s Maritime Blog – Bryant’s Maritime Consulting [email protected] Website Dennis L. Bryant

Extended Work Hours May Constitute Negligence Or Unseaworthiness

In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a shipowner may be liable to a crewmember for injuries resulting from extended work hours. In the instant case, plaintiff crewmember served on a fishing vessel that required the crew to work 16 hour days for months at a time. Plaintiff was injured when he fell while working at the end of one of his shifts. He sued the shipowner, alleging negligence under the Jones Act and unseaworthiness. The federal district court granted summary judgment for the shipowner and plaintiff appealed. The appellate court reversed, holding that, since other ships owned by the defendant used shorter shifts, it is a question of fact whether the extended work hours on this particular vessel constituted negligence or made the vessel unseaworthy. Iliv. American Seafoods Co., No. 09-35000 (9th Cir., November 25, 2009).

Courtesy: Bryant’s Maritime Blog – Bryant’s Maritime Consulting [email protected] Website Dennis L. Bryant

Useful Links

USCG – Safety Alert re: sailboat rigging dangers

The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert reminding owners and operators of passenger-carrying sailing catamarans of the importance of regular examination of standing rigging. Corrosion and fatigue failure can cause sudden dismasting. An enhanced inspection regime for sailboat rigging, masts, and associated components is discussed in Sector Honolulu Inspection Note #13 2008 Inspections. (11/16/09).

Courtesy: Bryant’s Maritime Blog – Bryant’s Maritime Consulting [email protected] Website © Dennis L. Bryant

Box Guidance

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the World Shipping Council (WCS) – which represents leading container lines – have joined forces to produce the pamphlet “Industry Guidance for Shippers and Container Stuffers”, which is being distributed globally free of charge and can be downloaded from the website

Particular emphasis is given in the guidelines on the responsibilities of those involved in packing, labeling and weighing cargoes for transit in containers – activities which have a direct bearing on the safety of ships, and on ships’ crews and other personnel in the transport chain.

The guidance has been produced in response to a series of accidents, including the collapse of a 30ft stack of containers holding hazardous cargoes onboard the UK-flagged vessel Annabella in 2007. Investigators discovered that the prime cause was that the seven containers weighed 225 tonnes, against a permissible stack weight of 116 tonnes.

ICS marine advisor John Stawpert said the free guidance had been produced ‘because if containers are not stuffed properly or misdeclared, it’s difficult to deal with once it gets to the ship’. Courtesy FLASHLIGHT, a free monthly e-newsletter circulated to more than 5,000 people involved in marine surveying around the world. It is circulated to anybody who wishes to receive a copy. It is a collation of articles relevant to our profession taken from various publications together with contributions from readers. Letters, opinions and articles relating to our profession are welcomed for the newsletter. [email protected]

Container Industry Information In The Round

World Shipping Council that the organisation has launched a new website. As part of that launch the WSC engaged IHS Global Insight, a recognized global leader in economic and financial analysis and forecasting, to conduct an independent assessment of the economic contribution of the liner shipping industry. The results of that extensive study are used throughout the website, and a copy of the full report can be downloaded at:

Key findings using 2007 as a base year include:-

The annual global economic contribution of the liner shipping industry was:-

  • Direct gross output or GDP Contribution US$ 183.3 Billion
  • Direct capital expenditure US$ 29.4 Billion
  • Direct jobs 4.2 million
  • Compensation to those employees US$ 27.2 Billion

Full annual economic impact, including indirect and induced effects:- US$ 436.6 Billion and 13.5 million jobs.

Cargo transported by the liner shipping industry represents about one-third of the value of total global trade, equating to more than US$ 4.6 trillion worth of goods.

Workers at ports world-wide loaded and unloaded cargo for more than 10,000 liner vessel-stops per week, with the average ship making 2.1 port calls per week.

Liner shipping companies deployed more than 400 services providing regularly scheduled service, usually weekly, connecting all countries of the world.

In mid-2008, there were more than 17.8 million containers in the world fleet, which cost the industry US$ 80.1 billion to purchase.

In the United States alone, the industry spends US$ 869 million per year to operate the fleet of chassis used to move containers over land.

The liner shipping industry has spent over US$ 236 billion in more than a dozen countries on the purchase of new vessels.

See the new website at:-

Courtesy Bow Wave–the marine and transport e-zine. BOW WAVE is published each week to over 15 000 Readers in the transport, insurance, shipping and finance industries. To subscribe contact Sam Ignarski [email protected]

New Transport Crime Database In Asia

Tony Lugg has forwarded this recent release by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA). TAPA Asia launched its Incident Information Service (IIS) which marks the start of its freight crime database for its members within the region.

The Incident Information Service (IIS) is a database of freight crimes occurring against the industry and TAPA members. The database stores incidents such as crimes of hijacking, robbery, warehouse burglary, fraud, theft from facilities and thefts from and of the vehicle & load.

According to the US FBI’s report in 2006, the cost of global cargo theft is conservatively estimated to be US$15-30 billion a year and according to the European Union, the theft of high value, high risk products moving in supply chains in Europe costs businesses in excess of Euros 8.2 billion a year. The freight crime statistics for Asia are not known and the TAPA IIS offer an opportunity for its members to collect the loss data and provide an overview of the actual trends.

The launch of the IIS comes at a time when freight crime statistics have shown an increase in Southern China. Members of TAPA Asia & other logistics organisations had reported incidents of theft from their vehicles whilst in motion. A number of high value losses of cargo had been reported to the TAPA Asia IIS service.

Tony Lugg the IIS Lead for TAPA Asia said “The IIS service has sent out its first email alert to all members today, highlighting the continuing attacks on trucks within China. Trucks can be vulnerable when travelling on the highway especially during the hours of darkness when many of the attacks are alleged to have occurred. The IIS service will provide the data analysis for our members to use effectively and this type of warning allows members to plan and mitigate the risk and react to it accordingly”.

The IIS database is secure and the details of the owner of the property and the loser, whether a buyer or a Logistics Service Provider remain confidential and anonymous. For further information visit the website at

Courtesy Bow Wave–the marine and transport e-zine. BOW WAVE is published each week to over 15 000 Readers in the transport, insurance, shipping and finance industries. To subscribe contact Sam Ignarski [email protected]

Marine Accident Investigations

One web page which is a must for all marine surveyors involved in merchant ship surveys is: The site gives the investigations currently under way and reports on completed investigations.

Jubilee Sailing Trust

The Jubilee Sailing Trust is a registered charity whose mission is to promote the integration of people of all physical abilities through the challenge and adventure of sailing tall ships on the open sea. Website:

Loran C To Be Terminated

The U.S. Coast Guard has published notice that Loran C will be shut down in the U.S. on February 8, 2010. Its officially going away. Visit to read the notice.

Coast Guard Releases Top Videos of 2009

The U.S. Coast Guard released its top 11 video compilation for 2009. The top 11 video compilation (presented in no particular order) is available for viewing and downloading from the Coast Guard Visual Information site at:

The public is encouraged to vote online at the Coast Guard’s YouTube channel,, for their favorite video in the Coast Guard’s best video of 2009 contest. The Coast Guard Compass,, will be highlighting one video per day starting Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.

The top 11 video compilation includes:

  • The rescue of a paraglider pilot who crashed on the shoreline of Cape Lookout near Tillamook, Ore., by an aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore.
  • The capture of suspected pirates from a response to a vessel distress signal from Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team 409 while operating under Combined Task Force 151.
  • A medical evacuation of a crewmember from a U.S. Navy submarine off the coast of Wash., by an aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore.
  • The simultaneous pursuit and interdiction off two drug smuggling boats 80 miles of the coast of Guatemala by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf.
  • The rescue of two crewmembers from a fishing vessel on fire 10 miles off the coast of Long Beach, Wash., by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active and aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore.
  • The rescue of two people from a burning boat near Corpus Christi, Texas, from an aircrew from Sector Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • The rescue of six people from their capsized vessel two miles from the Columbia River, Wash., by a boatcrew from Cape Disappointment, Wash., and an aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore.
  • The response to US Airways flight 1549 emergency landing in the Hudson River near Manhattan, N.Y., by boatcrews from Sector New York.
  • The rescue of a man whose canoe flipped in heavy surf in the Necanicum River near Gearheart, Ore., by an aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore.
  • The dewatering of the fishing vessel Blue Diamond 90 miles east of Atlantic City, N.J., from the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish.
  • The rescue of three people, their cat and dog during the Red River Valley floods from an aircrew from Air Station Traverse City, Mich.

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The Marine Claims and Recovery Forum just launched their new website. They invite you to explore their site, in particular the links providing useful resources; such as the text to International Conventions, U.S. Transport Law, Informational Sites, General Marine, Inland, Air, Agency / Surveyor Networks.

Courtesy AIMU Weekly Bulletin.