INDONESIA: RAINY SEASON AND RISK OF LIQUEFACTION

February 1, 2018

Intercargo has issued a reminder about the wet season in Indonesia, which runs from October to April. This year there has been unusually heavy rainfall in Indonesia which has resulted in significant congestion at both loading and unloading ports in Asia. The heavy rainfall increases the risk of Nickle Ore and other Group A cargoes (i.e. cargoes that may liquefy) being shipped with a Moisture Content (MC) above its Transportable Moisture Limit (TML). The transportation of Group A cargoes with a MC above its TML can lead to cargo failure (liquefaction/dynamic separation) with catastrophic results.

In view of the above INTERCARGO reminds those trading in the area to be especially cautious when accepting cargoes from Indonesia and the surrounding region during the wet season and especially at times of heavy rainfall.

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