Freight News, Sea

An a-maizing mistake

[ April 15, 2021   //   ]

UK P&I Club has launched a training video based on a real-life case of damage to a maize cargo due to a failure to conduct basic loading checks. It depicts an incident where a bulk carrier loaded a full cargo of yellow maize in bulk; the previous cargo had been bulk fertiliser. On completion of loading, all five holds were fumigated and the holds were then closed, secured and sealed. But the vessel encountered heavy weather. On arrival at the discharge port, some of the cargo was found to be mouldy, discoloured and caked, with temperatures in the affected areas measured at up to 63°C.