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Research project

Solid bulk cargo liquefaction: Strategies for effective control

Project overview

Solid bulk cargo liquefaction (SBCL) was responsible for over 50% of fatalities and nearly 20% of bulk carrier losses over the last decade. This project is identifying key factors contributing to the risk of SBCL and developing practical technical, regulatory, educational and communication tools to mitigate risks and reduce loss of life.
The objective of this project is to reduce fatalities from vessel loss caused by solid bulk cargo liquefaction. This will be achieved through enhancing safety on land and at sea through culturally and situationally relevant technological, educational and regulatory solutions that are evidence based and founded in improving understanding of risk and access to information.


Lead researcher

Professor Susan Gourvenec FREng, FICE, FIEAust, PhD, BEng

Prof Offshore Geotechnical Engineering
Other researchers

Professor Emily Reid

Professor of Intl Economic Law & Sus Dev

Research interests

  • International Economic Law
  • Trade and Sustainability

Professor Fraser Sturt

Professor of Archaeology

Research interests

  • Maritme Archaeology
  • Geomatics
  • Evaluation methods

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

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