Liquid Bulk Cargo
All of us will have come across liquid bulk cargoes in everyday life in one from or another. From gasoline to fuel our cars, to fruit juices and cooking oil for consumption in the home, it’s difficult to live the lives we live today without them.
These free-flowing liquid cargoes, which also include crude oil, liquefied natural gas and chemicals, are not boxed, bagged or hand stowed. Instead, they are poured into and sucked out of large tank spaces, known as the holds, of a tanker.
This section of the industry has attracted more than its fair share of public attention over the years, as a result of high-profile incidents where crude oil has leak from tankers and polluted our seas and coastlines. But there has been much legislation passed and increasing commitment from those that carry oil cargoes to further improve this section of the industry. And importantly, there has been a substantial reduction in marine pollution over the last 15 years, especially in the amount of oil spilled into the sea, despite a massive increase in world seaborne trade.