Oleander Arrival Sunday
The Oleander is scheduled for an on time arrival this Sunday.
Ships, crews, stevedores and emergency responders are being put at risk by shippers/importers not declaring hazardous cargo
This week there was a serious hazardous cargo material spill that closed Maher terminal to truck deliveries for a period of time. In addition there have been recent instances where hazardous cargo has arrived and departed Bermuda without being declared. By not declaring hazardous cargo, ship’s crews, stevedores and first responders’ lives are put at risk. Issues with even very small shipments of non-declared hazardous materials can have serious consequences. In recent months cargoes and even entire ships have been lost globally. Here are just 3 international examples of major losses resulting from undeclared hazardous cargo in containers. There are also significant US fines and prison penalties for undeclared or mis-declared shipments, details are listed below.
Hazardous cargo related ship casualties
Maximum US penalty (Prison)
107.333 Criminal penalties. A person who knowingly violates § 171.2(l) of this title or willfully or recklessly violates a requirement of the Federal hazardous material transportation law or a regulation, order, special permit, or approval issued thereunder shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both, except the maximum amount of imprisonment shall be 10 years in any case in which the violation involves the release of a hazardous material which results in death or bodily injury to any person.
Maximum US penalty (Fines)
A person who knowingly violates a requirement of the Federal hazardous material transportation law, an order issued thereunder, this subchapter, subchapter C of this chapter, or a special permit or approval issued under this subchapter applicable to the transportation of hazardous materials or the causing of them to be transported or shipped is liable for a civil penalty of not more than $55,000 and not less than $250 for each violation, except the maximum civil penalty is $110,000 if the violation results in death, serious illness or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property, and a minimum $495 civil penalty applies to a violation relating to training.
The chances of an accident while shipping hazardous cargo are very real, toxic spills have occurred in the past in Bermuda. Bermuda Container Line encourages all importers to fully declare and placard hazardous cargoes each week so that we may stow containers appropriately on the Oleander and be able to address any issues should they arise. The safety of our crews and ships depends upon our customers cooperation.
We appreciate your business and your support.
The NGL team