(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This publication highlights some of the issues specific to car carriers, how thoseÂ risks can be addressed, and provides helpful and practical advice for all seafarersÂ and ship operators, or managers working with these ships.
There have been a number of serious incidentsÂ involving car carriers and other Ro-Ro passengerÂ ships over the years. These incidents were theÂ catalyst for a number of radical changes to theÂ way that these ships are operated and new design features to improve the stability and safety.
Car carriers and Ro-Ro ships are characterised byÂ their extensive covered cargo lanes above the mainÂ deck, each of which extends over a large area where any water ingress will rapidly affect the transverseÂ stability. Similarly, any cargo shift can also reduceÂ the available intact stability and the safety of the ship.
More recent incidents have demonstrated thatÂ despite developments and improvements, issuesÂ remain. Any problems concerning operations,Â stability and cargo securing should be consideredÂ carefully to ensure that risks and hazards are identified, recognised and mitigated.
The below guide is designed as both a teaching aid and practicable advice. Written in conjunction with SOLIS Marine Consultants and Richard Hogg Lindley, it contains case studies on recent ro-ro and car carrier casualties with lessons learned and a Loss Prevention quick reference matrix.
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