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CMA ships head New Suez flotilla

Two CMA CGM ships, the Laperouse and the Titan were due to lead a procession of vessels to officially open the New Suez Canal inauguration on 6 August, when 5,000 guests attended the event to mark the completion of enlargement work. CMA CGM is a major user of the Canal with an average of a vessel in each direction every day.

Don’t think a Tianjin could not happen here

There are thousands of potential Tianjin incidents every year involving dangerous cargo, wants a leading insurance expert. Shippers failing to declare dangerous goods were “a continuing problem, each one of which could be a potential Tianjin situation,” said TT Club risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox. His remarks came in the wake of the massive explosion in the Chinese port city on

12 August which devastated a large swathe of the nearby residential area, with over 150 deaths and about 800 reported injuries. The initial blast occurred at the premises of Ruihai Logistics, a firm known to be in the business of storing dangerous chemicals such as calcium carbide, potassium nitrate and sodium nitrate. Company and local government officials were reportedly detained and interrogated by the authorities aſter the explosion. But there are dozens of dangerous goods incidents every year, many of which are less well publicised because the loss of life is lower or because they happen on ships at sea,

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points out Mr Storrs-Fox. He told FBJ: “It’s a continuing problem. Hapag Lloyd’s Watchdog system for dangerous goods found 2,500 undeclared dangerous goods consignments. And while it could be argued that that is an insignificant number against a total of 162,000 potentially suspicious records investigated, each one could be a potential Tianjin situation. I can reel off a whole list of ships that have suffered cargo fires in recent years.” Most incidents could be avoided if shipping lines were to be given full information

about the cargo, Mr Storrs-Fox considers. He added that there have been instances of lines rejecting a wrongly declared

consignment, only for it to be placed back on board the same vessel through a slot charterer applying less stringent checks. Training of shippers, although required under the International

Management of Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code, was oſten neglected, he continued. “It is important for shippers to check that this is being

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