Ship stability under scrutiny
A year on from the Gulf Livestock 1 capsize (2 September 2020) and we still have no answers on what happened. Thankfully, we at least have the concentrated inspection campaign on ship stability which started in many ports around the world this month.
The purpose of the campaign on ship’s stability in general is:
- to confirm that the ship’s crew are familiar with assessing the actual stability condition on completion of cargo operations before departure of the ship and on all stages of the voyage;
- to create awareness among the ship’s crew and owners about the importance of calculating the actual stability condition of the ship on completion of cargo operations and before departure of the ship;
- to verify that the ship complies with intact stability requirements (and damage stability requirements, if applicable) under the relevant IMO instruments.
A compliance program, designed to strengthen live animal exporters' oversight of sheep, The Livestock Global Assurance Program (LGAP) has been described as a world-first audit and assessment program for livestock exports, with increased auditing and monitoring scrutiny as livestock move through feedlots and abattoirs. BUT...Chief executive of ALEC, Mark Harvey-Sutton, said it was too hard and risky to roll the program out under present conditions.
So, this industry manages to keep exports going during Covid - but can't manage compliance checking. If they cant guarantee compliance and acknowledge the need for such, then live exports should also be put on hold as too risky.