Indonesian authorities relax ban on export of nickel and bauxite ore cargoes.
As members will recall, a ban was imposed by the Indonesian authorities on the export of nickel ore and unprocessed ore cargoes in 2014. The rationale of the ban was purportedly to give a boost to the country’s domestic processing along with infrastructure development.
However, in mid January 2017, the Indonesian authorities have apparently relaxed the ban to a certain extent and shipment of certain metal concentrates and unprocessed nickel and bauxite ore cargoes are allowed, though BIMCO has yet to receive concrete information on how this will be done. It is understood that permits up to a maximum of 5 years will be granted for these exports, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions.
Pending further information received, BIMCO would urge members to be cautious when contemplating doing such fixtures. Nickel and bauxite ores are cargoes that have the tendency to liquefy if shipped at a moisture content above its transportable moisture limit (TML). It should also not be forgotten that shipment of such cargoes has caused severe casualties in the past due to the liquefaction of these cargoes, causing cargo shifting, loss of ship stability and lives, and ships capsizing. A stark reminder – see table below of some of the past casualties..
| Name of bulk carrier
||Date of capsize
| Bulk Jupiter
||1 January 2015
| Harita Bauxite
||17 February 2013
||25 December 2010
||3 December 2010
||10 November 2010
| Fu Jian
|| 27 October 2010
It would be extremely prudent of BIMCO owners to check on the legal requirements of the export documentation required; consult their P&I club for professional guidance, as well as refer to the IMSBC Code for the proper carriage requirements of these cargoes.
BIMCO Solid Cargo database
Please go to the BIMCO cargo database on Nickel Ore and Bauxite for cargo information and carriage requirements.