Legal Approaches to Dry Cargo Liquefaction: An Arctic Perspective on a Global Problem

6 Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies (2019), pp. 85-92

Posted: 24 Dec 2019

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Stefan Kirchner

University of Lapland, Arctic Centre

Date Written: July 1, 2018

Abstract

More often than is noticed by the public, seafarers lose their lives to the devastating effects dry cargo liquefaction can have on cargo ships. Vessels transporting bulk cargo, such as nickel or iron ores, are at risk from the liquefaction of such dry cargoes as a result of contact with water. Turning dry cargoes into cargo which behaves like a liquid can lead to massive instability of the ship, often leading to the complete loss of the ship and of the lives of the crew. International maritime safety law provides a number of rules which aim at preventing such disasters. Looking at the issue from the perspective of international disaster risk reduction law and international maritime safety law, the article connects the problem in particular with shipping in the Arctic.

Keywords: dry cargo liquefaction, maritime safety, international law of the sea

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Kirchner, Stefan, Legal Approaches to Dry Cargo Liquefaction: An Arctic Perspective on a Global Problem (July 1, 2018). 6 Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies (2019), pp. 85-92, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3498860

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