Hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea: From the Naval Hymn, Eternal Father, Strong to Save, words by William Whiting, popularised by Britain’s Royal Navy and the US Navy.
The capsizing and sinking of a less than 10-year old Supramax dry bulk carrier the Bulk Jupiter on January 2 with the loss of all but one of the crew and marine insurers, has led to speculation on the cause. The consensus appears to be that more than likely it was cargo liquefaction, serves as a stark reminder about the importance of following safety procedures and best practices in the handling and loading of dry bulk carriers.
The incident follows a sustained period of relatively few losses of dry bulk carriers at sea, in contrast to the heavy losses sustained through much of the 1990s. The 2006-built Bulk Jupiter (56,000 dwt) was carrying a cargo of bauxite–a commodity not previously considered to be prone to liquefaction–from Kuantan in Malaysia to China, when it capsized and sank on January 2, having embarked on its voyage on December 29.