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A fire or explosion can result in the contamination by smoke of facilities, equipment and stock, not only at the incident premises, but also at neighbouring sites...

Is Your E-Cig Actually "Safe"?

 With the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, the number of reports of fires that are said to have been caused by one of them “exploding” or otherwise failing has also increased...

UPDATE ON THE OCEAN CARRIAGE OF CALCIUM HYPOCHLORITE

Changes to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code

There are three specific categories of calcium hypochlorite and calcium hypochlorite mixtures defined in the IMDG Code.  For the purposes of this note it is taken as read that whenever reference is made to the chemical, the same applies to the mixtures.

THE CARRIAGE AND POTENTIAL HAZARDS OF NPK FERTILIZERS

Current global nitrogen fertilizer use is of the order of 100 million tonnes per annum, a proportion of which is transported by sea. Because plants require nutrients other than nitrogen, however, a range of compound or complex fertilizer formulations have been developed which contain more than one of the three main plant nutrients:

DRI BY ANY OTHER NAME

Operators of bulk fleets will be aware of Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) and of the appropriate precautions that must be taken to ensure its safe carriage by sea.  However, we are aware of a number of shippers who are offering a material for bulk shipment that is clearly a DRI product, but is claimed to be safe for bulk carriage by sea without the usual precautions.  However, we are also aware of two explosions, and a potential explosion, in the past year that have occurred on vessels that were carrying this cargo.