MKSS 45:  Carrying Nickel Ore: The World’s Most Dangerous Cargo!

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MKSS 45: Carrying Nickel Ore: The World’s Most Dangerous Cargo!

MARITIME KNOWLEDGE SHIPPING SESSION 45: Carrying Nickel Ore: The World’s Most Dangerous Cargo!

By General Insurance Association of Singapore

When and where

Date and time

Wed, 27 Jul 2022 23:00 - Thu, 28 Jul 2022 00:30 PDT



About this event

Maritime Knowledge Shipping Session 45: 

Carrying Nickel Ore: The World’s Most Dangerous Cargo!

Date: 28 July 2022, Thursday

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (Webinar room opens at 1.45 PM)

Format: Zoom Webinar

Speaker: Capt. Alan Chen, Head of Division, Maritime Services Department, CCIC Singapore Pte Ltd



The General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIA) and the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) are jointly organizing the 45th Maritime Knowledge Shipping Session (MKSS) titled “Carrying Nickel Ore: The World’s Most Dangerous Cargo !”.

This webinar is part of the MKSS, a series of seminars where insurance and maritime experts are invited to present insights and analysis on the current and emerging trends in the marine insurance and maritime sectors.

This webinar is free of charge for GIA members. LCH Lockton Pte Ltd has proudly sponsored the MKSS series since 2007.



Nickel ore cargo is one of the most problematic cargoes to be carried in solid bulk form due to its characteristic of liquefaction and causing loss of vessel’s stability. Extra precautions are required and taken for carrier while carrying or shipping such cargoes in a safe manner.

It was noted that nickel ore is a non-homogenous cargo and particle sizes vary considerably. This creates problems for laboratories when trying to analyse the flow moisture point (FMP) from which the Transportable Moisture Limit (TML) is calculated.

And due to lack of infrastructure at most areas or ports, the cargo is stored in stockpiles exposed to all weather conditions. The required shipping documentation, actual moisture content and TML may therefore be very inaccurate.

The site surveyor deployed to ensure that all necessary documents are in order before cargo is loaded onboard, and to check and monitor the loading process, CAN TESTs are carried out before or during the cargo loading operation, daily report is prepared and sent to the P&I Club for reviewing.

If is there any concerns regarding the reliability of the test certificates or doubts about the safety of the cargo after receiving the report, the club may decide to re-test cargo samples at a trusted laboratory, where test figures will be determined with accuracy.

Programme Outline

1.45 PM – 2.00 PM

Webinar room opens for participants to test their audio and visual settings


2.00 PM - 2.05 PM

Admin Notes


2.05 PM - 2.10 PM

Opening Remarks

Mr Paul Hackett, Member of the GIA Marine Insurance Committee and the International Union of Marine Insurance Facts and Figures Committee and Nominating Committee.


2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Carrying Nickel Ore: The world’s most dangerous cargo!

Presentation by Capt. Alan Chen

Head of Division, Maritime Services Department, CCIC Singapore Pte Ltd


3.00 PM - 3.30 PM

Fireside Chat with Mr. Prashanth Athipar

Maritime & Supply Chain Excellence


Moderator : Mr. Paul Hackett

Member of the GIA Marine Insurance Committee and the International Union of Marine Insurance Facts and Figures Committee and Nominating Committee


3.30 PM End of Webinar


Who Should Attend?

Participants from business functions such as Underwriting, Claims, Specialty Classes and Actuary or support functions such as Business Development and Risk Management.



Registration for the webinar is FREE for GIA member companies.  To attend the webinar, please register by  25 July 2022, 6.00 pm. We regret that we will be unable to accept registrations received after the deadline.


Webinar Link

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About the organiser

Established in 1966, the General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIA) constantly works to make all aspects of general insurance easier and more effective for consumers, agents and insurers based in Singapore.

As a Trade Association, we are actively involved in the business community representing the interests of our member companies. We assist in identifying emerging trends and responds to issues affecting the General Insurance industry. We seek to promote the overall growth and development of the Singapore General Insurance sector.

We are constantly improving our processes to adapt in the ever-changing business landscape, to ensure that our mission and structure continue to meet the business needs of our member companies.