M.S. Notice 22 of 1998
The recent sinking of m. v. "Arcadia Pride" resulting in loss of lives and damage to property, was investigated. The investigations revealed some of the probable causes which led to capsizing of the vessel viz.: -
The cargo of sulphur carried on board the ship from the port of Ruwaais, was determined to be fine granular sulphur in the form of pellets (2 to 3 mm diameters). The behavior of this cargo was examined by way of a model made to scale. It was observed that the granular sulphur behaved like grain cargo unlike sulphur powder.
view of the above findings, the Nautical Adviser to the
Govt. of India has prohibited the loading of granular
sulphur cargo in bulk on board general cargo ships calling
at Indian ports. The Indian Port Authorities are advised
to inform the concerned Principal Officers of the Mercantile
Marine Departments whenever such cargo ships call Indian
ports to verify that such cargo ships comply with the
requirements of the International Grain Code and hold
a document of authorization as required by that Code.
The requirements of the International Grain Code shall
be treated as mandatory.
Ship owners and Masters of ships intending to load granular sulphur cargo on board their ships for discharge at Indian ports, are advised to take note of the above and comply in totality. The Principal Officers/Surveyors-in Charge of Mercantile Marine Departments are to ensure that such ships have complied with the aforementioned requirements.
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