A flexi tank developed a leakage during an export shipment.
Three flexi tanks carrying Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB – a non-hazardous liquid) cargo in containers was exported.
Enroute to the final destination, the Captain of the carrier vessel noticed a mid-sea leakage from the flexi tanks, and informed Goodrich about the same.
The impact of the leakages could have resulted in spillage of a sticky substance on board, thereby damaging other containers, and even posing a health hazard to the crew. This is in addition to heavy loss and claims put up by the vessel.
The leakage could not be arrested onboard, but could be done only at the nearest transshipment port.
On being informed about the leakage, Goodrich contacted the concerned personnel and transshipment port, for activating prompt action to salvage the cargo and minimise losses.
The best solution was provided and the cargo was cross-pumped at the transshipment port, after obtaining the necessary NOC and approvals.
Though this process delayed the shipment by 8 – 10 days, it was ensured that the cargo was salvaged, the units reloaded on another container and put on board the next available vessel for onward shipment to the final destination.
A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was initiated as a guideline covering the pre-requisite mandatory checking prior to stuffing / loading the vessel for export shipment.
This SOP has effectively ensured that no such incident recurred in subsequent shipments.
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