IUMI'S LAY-UP WARNING.
The International Union of Marine Insurance's (IUMI's) executive committee has warned of the dangers associated with laying up ships and noted the death of a seafarer on a laid up vessel.
An IUMI statement says: ?It has been reported that a containership laid up off Hong Kong during Typhoon Koppu in September 2009 experienced violent rolling, resulting in one crew fatality and at least $250,000 of damages.?
The insurers also noted that BMT Marine & Offshore Surveys estimates there are 150 to 200 ships lying in non-designated anchorages (outside port limits) along the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.
IUMI cautions: ?Underwriters need to pay close attention to the various degrees of lay-up we are seeing, including the conditions of cover for trading for vessels which have been idle without being deactivated, or just lying at anchor or drifting awaiting firm orders, often with minimum maintenance and prone to collisions or typhoon damage.?
Cold lay-ups (six months or more) can produce huge problems according to IUMI. The bigger the ship, the bigger the problems, it says. ?Many things can go wrong during lay-up and reactivation. For instance, if the ship's computers are closed down, how do you reactivate a dead ship without the computers working??