Dry Bulk Cargo Issues


The nature and handling of dry bulk cargoes inevitably involve issues of compliance with regulation, MARPOL Annex V and STCW.

Non-compliance may affect the seaworthiness of the ship and have serious legal repercussions upon the contractual relationships of the parties involved and their respective liabilities to each other and to third parties.

This seminar will explore the practical, commercial and legal aspects of handling dry bulk cargoes aiming to raise awareness of the risks involved and how to prevent them from occurring with proper training of the crew and co-operation between the shipper/charterer and the ship-owner.


+ Issues with loading and carriage of Nickel Ore (including stability of ship, effect upon seaworthiness, and casualties) – the surveyor’s role
+ Loading issues of high density dry bulk cargoes – effect upon seaworthiness -speed of loading and possible structural damage
+ Hold cleaning issues of previous cargo remnants (MARPOL – Annex V) – role of crew and effect of STCW
+ Operating ballasting/deballasting – role of crew and training under STCW
+ Moisture Levels and Transportable Moisture Levels – risk of shifting of cargo and effect upon seaworthiness
+ Ship operations in handling dry bulk cargoes and effect upon seaworthiness from a P & I and FD&D perspectives
+ Risk of casualty – Liabilities to third parties and indemnity from shipper/charterer
+ Causation issues
+ Assessment of damages

Chair: The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Rix
Panellists:John Stone - C F Spencer & Co. Ltd.
Jonathan Stoneley - Cargill
Mark Williams – West of England Insurance Services
Fionna Gavin - Ince & Co.
Venue:Ince & Co.
International House (6th floor)
1 St Katharine’s way
Time:5:30 for 6pm
CPD Points:This event is accredited with 2 CPD points by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (ref - DVS/LSLC)