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Design & Construction, Machinery & Operations


INTERCARGO monitors the development of rules and guidelines  for bulk carriers and associated on-board equipment  on a continuous basis. INTERCARGO takes an active role at IMO and works closely with Industry partners such as IACS on the development and maintenance of these rules.

Class and Statutory Rules

Common Structural Rules (CSR) – Intercargo supports the principle of CSR on the grounds that it helps to remove competition between Classification Societies on the optimisation of scantlings. Intercargo monitors the development and maintenance of the rules with the aim of ensuring the members’ feedback is appropriately incorporated into the development process.

Goal Based Standards (GBS) – The International Goal-based Ship Construction Standards for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers describe the goals and establish the functional requirements that the rules for ship design shall meet. The GBS also require that such rules shall be verified as meeting the goals and functional requirements. In this sense the GBS can be considered ‘rules for rules’. Intercargo supports the principle of transparent goals and criteria and is considering issues of verification further as they develop.

Cargo Gear

INTERCARGO is concerned  that some of the onboard cranes now being supplied are not suitable for purpose and thus  stresses the importance of good design, fabrication  and construction of cargo gear and onboard cranes. More coming soon.

Hatch Covers

Hatch covers perform the vital role of preventing water from entering the cargo holds and thus protect the cargo.  The updates on this page provide information from various sources including manufacturers and P&I Clubs

Loading Rates

INTERCARGO members have experienced increased pressure to load vessels quickly and this has escalated with the increased demand for commodities and the commercial pressure to maximise terminal throughput.

INTERCARGO conducted a survey of ships’ masters to determine the areas of concern, two main areas were identified:

  1. the implied arrival condition required to meet onerous loading requirements and its detrimental effect on manoeuvrability; and
  2. the consequences for the structural integrity of the ship.

INTERCARGO will engage with all stakeholders including owners and operators, terminals, classification societies, shippers, flag administrations, and insurers to ensure a common understanding of this issue. The aim is to ensure that all bulk carriers are loaded safety in an appropriate manner, taking into account the capabilities of the ship, in accordance with international regulation.