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New chemicals and other dangerous goods bring new
challenges for their safe shipment by sea.
This is reflected by a new amendment to SOLAS II-2/19
"Carriage of Dangerous Goods", which focuses on the
corresponding requirements for equipment on board.
International agreements control the transport of dangerous
goods across international borders. Each mode of transport --
inland waterways, sea, air, road and rail -- has different safety
requirements and therefore its own international convention or
code based on the UN Model Regulations.
With the new amendment coming into force on January 1,
2011, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has launched a database service
"GL Cargo", allowing its users easy access to all equipment
requirements on board a vessel.
Most goods consigned for transport pose no danger to those
involved in transporting them, to members of the public, or to
the environment. However, some goods are potentially
hazardous -- they might, for example, be poisonous to humans
and/or the environment, explosive, flammable or radioactive.
The use and therefore transport of dangerous goods throughout
the world is necessary to maintain both quality of life and
Friedo Holtermann, a marine engineer at GL, explained the
benefits of the new databank: "With GL Cargo, a user can just
tick off the types of cargo space and goods classes, and then leave
the remaining work to our system which can automatically
generate a report on all requirements about cargo holds and
equipments, such as fire extinguishing systems, water supplies,
ventilation, detection systems, etc. This tool makes it no longer
drudgery for cargo planners to figure out what specific
requirements they have to fulfill because a comprehensive report
can be produced, no matter how many types of dangerous goods
their vessels will transport."
GL Cargo contains all provisions of SOLAS II-2/19 adopted
by Resolution MSC 269(85), as well as the revised standard
format for the Document of Compliance for the Carriage of
Dangerous Goods according to MSC.1/Circ.1266. It covers all
dangerous goods in packaged form carried by multi-purpose
vessels, containerships and Ro-Ro vessels and all solid
dangerous goods in bulk shipped by bulk carriers and
multi-purpose vessels. GL Cargo is also used to generate and
print out the Document of Compliance in the new standard
format as long as all relevant information about space type
and goods classes is uploaded to the database. "This brings
further convenience to our clients and GL alike," Friedo
GL has been authorised by major Flag State administrations
to provide the new Document of Compliance after conducting
surveys and reviewing documents and drawings of ships.
Existing documents for ships in service will remain valid until
they need to be re-issued on the occasion of change of flag or
class renewal. GL has developed additional tools enabling its
clients to comply with a variety of rules and regulations in a
convenient and time efficient way. All these tools are available
at GL's corporate website.
For further information contact:
Germanischer Lloyd, Germany.
Using GL Cargo can take the pain and uncertainty out of ensuring a vessel is
readied and regulation-compliant for the transport of dangerous goods
Safer shipping of dangerous goods with new tool "GL Cargo"
ASIAN WORK BOAT 2011, which will be held at Suntec
Singapore in March next year, will focus specifically on the
non-cargo carrying sector of the maritime industry.
It is the only event in south-east Asia that concentrates purely
on the tug, barge, ferry, OSV, dredger, patrol, pilot and rescue
boat, tourist, fishing and aquaculture and oil rig sectors.
In addition to well over 100 exhibits by shipbuilders, naval
architects, engine and propulsion system manufacturers,
electronics, safety equipment and paint manufacturers and
similar suppliers to the industry, there will be two or three
high quality conferences. These will address particular sectors
of the ASEAN work boat industry.
Baird Events is delighted to announce the first such
conference. Organised by leading international conference
organiser ACI of London, it will be their Third Offshore Support
Vessels Summit. This well established and respected conference
will run over two days, March 1 and 2, 2011 in a room adjacent
to the Asian Work Boat exhibition at Suntec.
This premier event will examine how the offshore support
sector is strategising to overcome the challenges of operating
under difficult conditions.
Over the two days, delegates will:-
• Discover the latest technologies in the Offshore Service Industry
• Examine the opportunities and hottest developments in the
Asia Pacific region
• Hear of the developments in new generation ship design
• Learn about the safety practices of working in increasingly
• Determine the crew requirements of new generation vessels
• And much more...
For further information on the Asian Work Boat exhibition,
Kishore Navani, Baird Events.
PH: +61 3 9645 0411, FX: +61 3 9645 0475,
For further information on the Third Offshore Support Vessels
Ms Melanie Mulazzi.
PH: +44 207 981 2504,
Solid conferences support Asian Work Boat 2011 Exhibition
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