Threats That Lead To Cargo Claims!


A recent Safety4Sea article highlights control and key points mentioned in the UK P&I Club’s recently published guide for assessors and ship owners when inspecting a vessel.

Ensuring ships good risk profile

UK P&I Club recently published a guide addressing the controls and the key points that the UK Club’s Risk Assessors look for when inspecting a vessel. 

The guide allows ship operators to carry out a similar check on the Threats and Controls, to  ensure that the ship has a good risk profile.

Threats causing cargo claims

The Club has analysed the number and value of the Club’s claims to prioritize high risk areas and determine what the threats are that cause these cargo claims.

Although 60% of UK Club claims are caused by ‘human error’, human error is often only ‘the straw that breaks the camel’s back’ – the last event in a chain of causal events. These causal events can normally be traced back to failures in one or more areas of ship operation, we sometimes refer to them as ‘accidents waiting to happen’.


…UK Club noted.

Main threats listed

According to the UK Club, the main threats are:

  • Physical damage to cargo
  • Loss overboard
  • Collapsed stow
  • Carriage temperature
  • Wet damage
  • Theft/Shortage/Tally error
  • Pre-loading/discharge planning
  • Contamination from other cargo
  • Fire and explosion damage
  • Stability error

For specific information concerning cargo claims please click here

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Source: Safety4Sea


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